Ex-Shin Bet chief: 'Price tag' could lead to assassinations
Published Wednesday 16/10/2013 (updated) 18/10/2013 17:56
A boy stands near a car burnt by settlers in Nablus.(MaanImages/file)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- Ex-Shin Bet security chief Carmi Gillon said Wednesday that 'price tag' attacks in the occupied West Bank are laying the foundation for a political assassination in Israel, news site Ynet reported.
"Today they call it 'price tag' because there is no actual threat of returning territories, but this is where the foundations lay for the next (political) murderer," Gillon was quoted as saying.
Speaking at a ceremony to mark the 18th anniversary of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's murder by a Jewish extremist, Gillon criticized Israel's law enforcement establishment and radical right-wing rabbis for contributing to a continuation in attacks.
"Behind the Jewish underground, such as Yigal Amir, were rabbis. We know who they are but it requires courage to deal with them. Everyone says it is a political (issue) and we may be criticized for it."
"When the Latrun monastery is spray-painted, it troubles the entire Protestant world, and we cry about antisemitism? Those who seek to destroy and devastate us come out of us," Gillon said.
Settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank is routine.
Israeli rights group Yesh Din says settler violence is part of a "sophisticated, wider strategy designed to assert territorial domination over Palestinians in the West Bank."
In 2012, there were 353 incidents of settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The UN group said that one Palestinian was killed and over 1,300 injured by settlers or Israeli security forces in incidents directly or indirectly related to settlements.
Over 90 percent of investigations by Israeli police into settler violence fail to lead to an indictment.