More Arafat news:
ISRAEL would not deal with anyone who did Yasser Arafat's bidding, the government said today, pointing out there could be no further progress in the peace process until the Palestinians took on militant groups.
An official statement released after the weekly cabinet meeting said ministers had decided that "Israel will not cooperate with those who do Arafat's bidding".
"All Palestinian governments must adopt a policy which disavows terror, unifies the security forces under one body not controlled by Arafat, advances security and diplomatic reforms and demonstrates independence from Arafat."
Palestinian prime minister-designate Ahmed Qurie, who is currently trying to gain approval for a new cabinet, has been warned by Israel that he will be judged as a "partner for peace" by his determination to take on hardline groups such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
Israel is also wary of his relationship with Arafat, whom it has decided in principle "to remove", calling him an "absolute obstacle" to peace.
It's a start. (Maybe)