JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel should have killed Yasser Arafat 20 years ago, while he was under Israeli siege in Beirut, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said in an interview published Thursday.
Sharon said he was "sorry we didn't liquidate him," but that Arafat could yet become a partner for peace if he cracked down on Palestinian militants.
Arafat adviser Nabil Abu Rdeneh said the remark was a "provocation."
Meanwhile, a letter written this week by a top Israeli government official said the government never formally adopted the so-called Mitchell Report, a key U.S.-backed plan for restarting Mideast peace talks that would require Israel to freeze settlements activity in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian Cabinet officially adopted the proposals, published in May 2001 by an international commission, said Palestinian Cabinet minister Saeb Erekat.
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