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Lesson not learned. Mofaz
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Ten years since murder. Rabin
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Mofaz: Rabin killing lessons not learned

Defense minister says evil spirit of violence, violation of the law, and defiance of State's authority still persists

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said Monday that "Unfortunately, the lesson from (former Prime Minister Yitzhak) Rabin's murder has apparently not been learned. The evil spirit of violence, violation of the law, and defiance of the State's authority, up to physically assaulting soldiers and officers on duty and threatening leaders and state functionaries, still persists and is perhaps even getting stronger."


Mofaz spoke during a military memorial service in the city of Ashdod.


The defense minister added that "If we fail to forcefully face this spirit, using every means of law enforcement without any compromises – the State's future will be in danger."


"We must not belittle the wild hooliganism, regardless of its reasons and motives. No ideology or faith can serve as authorization for violence and law breaching," he added.


I believe that this danger from the inside is not less severe than the external dangers, but on the contrary," Mofaz concluded.


Appeal: Keep Yigal Amir in solitary confinement


In the meantime, the Israel Prison Service filed a petition with the Tel Aviv District Court Monday to keep Yigal Amir , Rabin's murderer, in solitary confinement.


According to the Prison Service, Amir should not be allowed to socialize with other inmates due to intelligence information indicating he attempted to contact radical right-wingers who share a common ideology, adding that he may also pose a target for other inmates who may blame him for “Killing the peace process.”


The Service appeals to the court every six months to keep Amir in seclusion. Intelligence sources said contact between Amir and right-wing radicals outside prison walls may influence these groups to commit violent illegal acts.


Attorney Shirley Himelblau of the State Prosecutor’s Office said the intelligence estimates are backed by “plots by extremists to hurt the prime minister and other State officials following the disengagement.”


פרסום ראשון: 10.31.05, 21:15
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