Following Rumors: Israel Denies Mofaz or His Deputy Kidnapped by Palestinian Fighters

Published April 9th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Rumors floating around Israel Tuesday indicated incoming Deputy Chief of General Staff Maj.-Gen. Moshe Ya'alon was either kidnapped by Palestinian fighters or went missing during fighting in the Jenin area, The Jerusalem Post reported.  


However, the Israeli army spokesman issued in the afternoon a statement denying the rumors and saying Ya'alon and Israel’s Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Shaul Mofaz “were healthy and not in any danger.” 


Last year, it was reported that Mofaz topped a “hit list” allegedly drawn up on orders from Palestinian President Yasser Arafat in retaliation for the Israeli assassination of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader Abu Ali Mustapha. 


Israeli security sources told a British newspaper that the list also included Mofaz’s deputy, Moshe Ya’alon. Another target mentioned in that British report was Avraham Dichter, the head of Shin Bet. (  


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