Ex-Shin Bet head responds to accusations of murder

MK Avi Dichter: Joint List head 'is representative of the Hamas administration in the Israeli Knesset.'

Uzi Baruch,

Avi Dichter
Avi Dichter
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Former Israel Security Association (ISA, also known as the Shabak or Shin Bet) head and current Likud MK Avi Dichter has responded to Joint List head Ayman Odeh's insinuation that he is a murderer.

“Ayman Odeh was mistaken yesterday. He does not understand that he is an Israeli citizen. When you call the head of ISA a murderer, it has national implications. Maybe I should remind you how many Palestinians your leaders - Rantissi and Yassin – murdered,” Dichter wrote this morning (Tuesday), referring to two Hamas founders who killed scores of rivals and alleged "collaborators."

He added: “With an unfortunate statement Odeh turned himself into a representative of the Hamas administration in the Israeli Knesset and abandoned the security of Israeli citizens – both Jewish and Arab.”

Referring again to Hamas founders Rantissi and Yassin - who were assassinated in Israel airstrikes - Dichter stated: “I am proud that I had the privilege to send both of them – exactly a month apart from each other – deep into the ground.”

Last night, Odeh told Channel 2 that “There are MKs who sent people to kill the leadership of the Palestinian people - Dichter sent people who killed [former Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser] Arafat, as well as well as [senior Hamas leaders] Ahmed Yassin and Rantissi, and he is in the Knesset. He sent people to murder other people.”

Former PA leader Yasser Arafat died of natural causes - commonly believed to have been linked to HIV - but a conspiracy theory that he was poisoned by Israel is popular among Palestinians.