Minister Begin. Unfazed
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Envelope containing toy gun sent to Minister Begin

Minister tells Ynet envelope did not reach him personally, maintains his cool in light of developments. 'Not every piece of nonsense needs to be taken seriously,' he says. Knesset sources update police on details

An envelope containing a toy gun and addressed to Minister Benny Begin was recently sent to the Knesset, sources in the legislative building confirmed on Tuesday.


In a conversation with Ynet, the minister said that the envelope never made its way into his hands. He also maintained his composure about the turn of events.


"I heard about that. I know Purim is coming up. The envelope did not reach my office. Does every bit of nonsense need to be taken seriously? Do I sound worried to you? I am not busying myself with this at all. Whoever needs to deal with it, will deal with it," Begin said.


Knesset sources updated the police on the issue, but declined making an official comment. "The Knesset does not report on security matters."


Just Monday mail distribution was halted nationwide after two envelopes containing explosives were found in Migdal Haemek. Many post office branches hung on-the-spot notices on their doors saying: "To our customers, at this time, no postal packages will be delivered due to a security issue."


After the toy gun incident, acting Knesset office, Yossi Greeff, sent a letter to Knesset members saying: "Knesset Guard units increased the level of inspection for envelopes arriving at the Knesset. I request your attention when receiving mail parcels at your homes. Please be alert and immediately report receipt of any suspicious envelope to the nearest police station or to the Knesset Guard."


פרסום ראשון: 02.23.10, 17:47
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