Israeli TV, Channel 10, reported Tuesday that a death threat letter was sent to Israel’s Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, over the claimed 10-month freeze on settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.“You are mistaken if you think you can destroy settlements”, the letter reads, “We will kill you”.
The letter was sent to the Shin Bet, Israel’s Security Service, for investigation.
It appears that the letter was sent by an individual not a group as the sender said “I will hurt you, or your children, be careful”, the sender also said in the letter that “if not now, I will hurt you in the future, when no security guards are around you”.
Last week, Israeli TV, Channel 2, reported that security had been increased for Barak due to fears that Jewish extremists might try to attack him.
Similar threats were previously made against the life of David Cohen, the Commissioner of the Israeli Police.
Israeli daily, Haaretz, said that Member of Knesset, Michael Ben Ari, of the National Union Party, said that the threat is not political in nature.
He said that threats were made against the Police commissioner, then the public security minister, “and soon enough we will hear that Barak’s Filipino housekeeper received a threat letter”, Haaretz said.
Yuval Diskin, head of the Shin Bet, said that this letter and previous threats are an attempt by extremists to create chaos in an attempt to stop settlement freeze.
He added that the settlers burnt a mosque in Yasuf Palestinian village to provoke the Palestinians into action to divert attention from settlement freeze.
Israel’s Shin Bet is still investigating several threats made on the life of the Police Commissioner.
The letter that was sent to Cohen reads; “You have been marked for death, Your Judgment day is near”, Haaretz reported.