Arafat has been confined to his compound in Ramallah since September 2002, when Israel made the decision to limit his movements. In September 2003, Sharon’s cabinet voted to expel Arafat from the Occupied Territories. After the decision, the Israeli military confirmed that it had been training for an operation that would seize Arafat from his compound in the West Bank and fly him by helicopter to another country, possibly in North Africa (MEED 12:9:03).