Barak's Wife Worried about his Safety

Published June 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Prime Minister Ehud Barak's wife is concerned that escalating rhetoric over the peace negotiations with the Palestinians could threaten her husband's life, according to The Associated Press Sunday.  

Radical Jewish settlers warned of a “civil war” and accused Barak of “betrayal” after he suggested last month that about a fourth of the settlers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip would have to move as part of a peace agreement, said the agency.  

“As the political argument intensifies, the fear grows,” Nava Barak told Army radio during a tour Sunday of communities along Israel's northern border. “The fear is always in the background, but I trust the people who are charged to protect him.”  

Israel has been especially sensitive to incitement since the 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by an ultranationalist Jew who said he wanted to halt the transfer of land to the Palestinians.  

Israeli media reported two weeks ago that security had been increased around Barak. The prime minister's office later denied any changes had been made.  

Negotiators hope to work out the accord by Sept. 13th but have fallen far behind their self-imposed schedule, said the AP –  



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