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        7/6/2008, Tammuz 3, 5768

      Muslim Clerics Told Tractor Killer to Act

      Muslim clerics visited the home of the tractor terrorist in the weeks before the attack and convinced him to carry out a "heroic act," according to Yechiel Leiter, a researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Policy Studies.

      In an exclusive interview with Israel National News, Leiter said that he learned from "very reliable sources" that the Muslim clerics visited the terrorist's home in the weeks before the attack "on a daily basis," spoke to him "for hours on end" and convinced that him he needed to carry out "a heroic act to atone for all of his sins."

      "This was certainly not a spontaneous act that can justify the Israeli authorities' claims that there was no way to prevent such an attack," Leiter said.