ISRAEL BLAMED FOR ASSASSINATION
by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz (Arutz Sheva News)
The assassination Monday of a senior Palestine Liberation Organization official in Lebanon has garnered across-the-board condemnation, even from among the PLO’s bitterest enemies. Many Arab spokesmen have accused Israel, but a previous attempt, in April of last year, was traced to a rival Fatah faction.
The victim of the assassination, Kamal Medhat, was a deputy to the Palestinian Authority representative in Lebanon, Abbas Zaki, as well as a former intelligence chief for the Fatah terrorist organization, which controls the PLO. Medhat and three of his bodyguards were killed when a hidden explosive device was detonated as their two-vehicle convoy passed by. The attack took place on a road near the southern Lebanese coastal city of Sidon. According to Lebanese security sources, the roadside bomb ripped through Medhat’s Mercedes and flung it into a nearby orchard. The second car crashed as a result of the blast. The leading Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation reported shortly after the attack that Medhat’s boss, Zaki, was the actual target of the bombing. However, he had departed 10 minutes ahead of Medhat in a similar car.