Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Sharon, the hunted?

they got rabin in '95, and now the far right of israel is hunting one of their own. Sharon might be a target because of his policies of removing settlements from gaza and the west bank. it might tell the israeli right something, that their own man in government has come to the conclusion that repeatedly moving in on the west bank is a bad idea. but, i also realize that the constant attacks by their arab neighbours over 50 years has radicalized a portion of israel as well.

Gaza Plan Foes Could Try to Kill Sharon - Minister
Tue Jul 6, 2004 02:01 PM ET

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A top Israeli minister said on Tuesday he had "no doubt" there were Jewish radicals ready to assassinate Prime Minister Ariel Sharon or other top officials to stop his Gaza pullout plan.

Internal Security Minister Tsachi Hagnebi spoke to Channel Two television a day after Sharon ordered action to quell inflammatory statements by opponents to the plan.

"There are those who have already made the decision, that when the time comes, they will save the people of Israel," Hanegbi said. "They will try to kill a minister, prime minister, a policeman, a military officer, I have no doubt."

Sharon's personal security was bolstered recently to prevent a repeat of premier Yitzhak Rabin's assassination in 1995 by an extremist trying to halt peace talks with the Palestinians. He is now serving a life sentence.

"There is a serious escalation here, and we can't ignore it," said Hanegbi. "It is our obligation as a government to do all we can to avoid a repetition of November 1995."

yikes. well, nothing beats an outside opponent like an internal one. just ask the palestinians, as they brutalize each other as the new wall gives them less israeli targets for their aggression.

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