Things are not looking very good for Yasser Arafat:
JERUSALEM — Israel's vice prime minister said Sunday that killing Yasser Arafat (search) is an option being considered following a decision to "remove" the Palestinian leader.
"Killing (Arafat) is definitely one of the options," vice premier Ehud Olmert (search) told Israel Radio.
Israel's security Cabinet said last week it had decided to "remove" Arafat, but did not elaborate.
Olmert's statement echoed threats by other Israeli leaders who have said they are keeping options open as to whether the decision means Arafat will be expelled, further isolated at his West Bank compound or dealt with more harshly.
Threats are now coming against Arafat on a regular basis, and I think the Israeli government actually means it. They clearly haven't decided exactly what they're going to do, but they obviously want Arafat out of the picture. It goes without saying that the most permanent solution would be to kill him.
I'm extremely hesitant to support killing anyone, but in this case it may be necessary. I don't believe Arafat will stop fighting until he has literally driven all the Jews in Israel into the sea. That is his goal. As long as someone like this is leading the Palestinians, peace simply will not be an option. I've said before that there can be no peace as long as Arafat is alive, As a Christian, the idea of endorsing someone's execution comes very slowly, but in some cases killing one person can save the lives of hundreds, or even thousands. In those cases it may be necessary to kill the person.
If Israel does decide to kill Arafat, it can't stop there. They must be willing to keep going down this path once they start down it. They will have to make it perfectly clear to every Palestinian leader from now on that if they prosecute a war of terror against Israeli civilians, their own life will be forfeit. If the Israeli government is not willing to keep going down this path, there is really no purpose in starting down it in the first place.
Update - Jack Rich has a great post explaining some of the problems with Arafat.