Israel's Barak gets death threats over settlements in W Bank



Israel`s Barak gets death threats over settlements in W Bank Jerusalem: Enraged by a government decision to put a temporary freeze on settlement activities in the West Bank, a right wing extremist has threatened to murder Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak.

"Mr Ehud Barak, if you think of destroying the settlement in Judea and Samaria, you are mistaken. I will murder you beforehand, and if I don't succeed, then after you finish being a minister when you won't have bodyguards," a letter sent to Barak's office said, Channel 10 reported.?

"Beware. I will hurt you or your children or all which you hold dear," a part of the letter handed over to internal intelligence agency, Shin Bet, added.?

Israel announced a temporary building moratorium on West Bank settlements in November which subsequently led to several clashes between Jewish settlers and security forces.

Israel's Channel 2 news reported last week that security had been increased for Barak due to fears over threats from right-wing extremists.

The threats to Barak come after similar threats were made against Police Commissioner David Cohen.?

Right-wing National Union party's lawmaker, Michael Ben Ari, dismissed the report of death threats as a political spin.

Israel had announced settlement freeze urging the Palestinian Authority to renew peace negotiations, but the Palestinians have rejected the Jewish state's calls demanding complete moratorium on construction activities in the West Bank as well as east Jerusalem.

Bureau Report