'Letter Threat to Kill Barak'

Nationalists say leaked story is an attempt to incite the public against settlers to pave way for new evictions.

Gil Ronen , | updated: 11:18 PM

Ehud Barak
Ehud Barak
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Defense Minister Ehud Barak received a letter Tuesday which contained threats to murder him if he destroys any settlements in Judea and Samaria, channel 10 TV reported Tuesday. The letter was handed over to the Shin Bet which is now trying to determine who sent the letter and to apprehend him.

“Mr Ehud Barak, if you think that you will destroy the settlements in Judea and Samaria, you are wrong,” the letter allegedly read. “I will murder you ahead of that time and if I fail, then after you stop being a minister and no longer have bodyguards... watch out, I will hurt you or your children and all you hold dear.”

Sources in the Shin Bet were quoted as saying that following the government decision on the freeze of construction in Judea and Samaria, the security agency decided to place extra priority on guarding the Prime Minister and the Defense Minister.

Two weeks ago the Defense Minister received threats and the security detail guarding him was doubled, according to media reports.

Prominent nationalist activist Baruch Marzel reacted to the reports of threats against Barak by saying: “I suggest that the Shin Bet interrogate Barak's assistants to see if they did not do this, in order to save Barak from his sad state. No one on the Right would try to hurt Barak, since Barak does this himself better than anyone and takes the Labor party down with him.” 

The grassroots Samaria Residents' Council blamed the Shin Bet Tuesday of fabricating the letter to incite hatred and suspicion of the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria. “The way the Shin Bet joined the chorus of incitement against the Jewish residents is clearly a move intended to prepare public opinion for the upcoming acts of expulsion,” the body said.