Israeli president warns of extreme acts

Monday, July 04, 2005 | 
Israel’s ceremonial President Moshe Katsav has warned that Jewish militants opposed to the Gaza pullout could resort to drastic measures. "They are definitely likely to try and carry out extremists killing the Prime Minister," Katsav told Army Radio. He said the atmosphere was similar to the period preceding the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by a right-wing Jew in 1995. Katsav urged setter rabbis to tone down the rhetoric against the pullout. "Some misguided individuals may come and say, 'I need to save the state of Israel because the rabbis say Israel is in danger,"' Katsav said. Rabin's assassin, Yigal Amir, was inspired by rabbinical statements at the time.

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