Jewish extremists prayed for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s death following the prime minister’s arrival at Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital after suffering a mild stroke.
Upon receiving word of Sharon’s hospitalization, members of the extreme right Kahane Chai (Lives) group began to hold prayers calling for God “to rid them Sharon,” who they referred to as a “dictator.”
One extremist told Ynet that the “special prayers” were aimed at preventing Sharon from “causing further damage to Israel.”
However, the rightists said they do not necessarily wish death on the prime minister, but that they would like to see him “go to a hotel or a home for the elderly, but not return to politics.”
“This is a man who uprooted thousands of Jews from their homes and devastated their lives; such a man person should not return to politics. Many other Israelis feel the same way,” one extremist said.
'God answered our prayers'
The head of the United Jewish Front right-wing extremist party, Baruch Marzel, called on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to take time off politics and leave to a long vacation or to a house for the elderly.
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired celebration shots upon hearing the news of Sharon being hospitalized.
A member of the Popular Resistance Committees told Ynet that Sharon fell unwell because of the stress caused by the latest wage of Qassam rockets over the last few days. “God answered our prayers and didn’t disappoint us,” he said.