President Bush decided to call for Yasser Arafat’s removal after receiving an intelligence report on Arafat’s funding of terror, according to The New York Times. The report, which Bush got last week, indicated that the Palestinian Authority president had authorized a $20,000 payment to the Al-Aksa Brigade. Bush had not planned to make Monday’s surprise call for a new Palestinian leadership before receiving the intelligence report, the newspaper said Wednesday, citing senior administration officials.
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