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Date: Fri, 19 Jan 1996 00:04:22 CST
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From: I.A.P. <iap@IO.ORG>
Subject: AlAkhbar: Arafat helped Israeli Secret Service, MER
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'Hit' teamwork: Israel, PLO cooperated to kill Ayyash...

Newsday, 17 January 1996

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel's internal security force, Sin Bet, cooperated to assassinate Yehiya Ayyash, Hamas' legendary bomb maker who was blown up this month, U.S. officials said.

One counterterrorism source said it was the PLO that finally located the Gaza Strip home of a former college roommate where Israel's most wanted man was hiding. 'They [the PLO] found him'...

Another government source...confirmed the PLO assisted the Shin Bet, which supplied the booby-trapped cellular phone that was delivered to the bomber.

...Shortly before the assassination there was a startling disclosure of the extent of cooperation between the PLO and Sin Bet in earlier operations.

Appearing in a closed session before Israel's parliament, Shin Bet's chief, Karmi Gillon, disclosed that the PLO had helped thwart as many as 80 suicide attacks on Israeli targets last year... Gillon...also praised Arafat for bunting the militant opposition groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, in the Gaza and West Bank areas controlled by the PLO, according to leaked reports of the meeting.

In the days immediately following the assassination of Ayyash it is important to note that a donor's group meeting in Europe, with much Israeli encouragement, gave $1.37 billion to Arafat and his Palestinian Authority.