Arafat to attend Christmas in Bethlehem

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"There are extremists everywhere who oppose the Oslo agreement," he said. "Who knows where someone has decided to do something savage, like a suicide attack?"

Freij said he had no fears for Yasser Arafat's safety since security should be tight.

"However, there is no `never' in politics. Who would have dreamt Yitzhak Rabin would be assassinated at point-blank range by a Jewish extremist?" he said.