Death threats from extreme-right Israelis have increased against Prime Minister Ehud Barak and armed forces chief Shaul Mofaz, accused of being soft on the Palestinians, public radio reported Wednesday.
The radio quoted remarks by Avi Dichter, head of the domestic intelligence agency Shin Beit, to the parliamentary foreign affairs and defense commission Tuesday.
Dichter said Shin Beit was taking the threats very seriously, but had no information that assassination bids were actually being prepared, the radio added.
Shin Beit was severely criticized for failing to prevent the assassination of then prime minister Yitzhak Rabin by an extreme rightist in November 1995.
Israeli right-wingers, notably settlers in the Palestinian territories, have attacked Barak for not giving the army a free hand to crush the two-month Palestinian uprising.
Although some 250 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops, Barak insists that his government is exercising a policy of restraint.
Barak told parliament late Tuesday that he would be announcing new elections in a few days – JERUSALEM (AFP)
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