Rightists Accuse Shin Bet of Provoking Attack on Prof. Sternhell

Pipe bomb attack that wounded outspoken leftwing advocate was attributed to right-wing extremists.

A right-wing organization urged Attorney General Menachem Mazuz on Thursday to open an investigation into whether the pipe bomb that wounded Prof. Zeev Sternhell last week was a provocation carried out by the Shin Bet security service.

The Campaign for Saving the People and the Country claims that the bombing, generally believed to have been carried out by right-wing extremists in response to Sternhell's left-wing political activism, was a provocation aimed at turning public opinion against the settlers to make future evacuations easier.

"The timing and nature of the operation leave no room for doubt it was the work of a provocateur," it wrote.