Barak Calls on Settler Leaders to Condemn Threats

Published June 4th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak called Sunday on settler leaders to condemn threats of violence to political leaders, reported Haaretz.  

The remarks were made at the cabinet meeting and came in the wake of reports of a steep increase in the number of death threats received by Barak's office, the daily added.  

Barak was quoted as saying he had great respect for the settlement movement. But, he said, violent acts could serve as a boomerang and could damage the movement. Such acts, he said, would not stop historical processes.  

According to the daily, settler leaders told Haaretz they were opposed to any violent acts. But they called on Barak to refrain from taking steps that would lead to a schism in the nation.  

Earlier Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg called on the country's rabbis to stop violent acts or speech in their communities -  


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