Rabbis Label Accord Engineers Traitors'

Labor MKs Ophir Pines-Paz and Eitan Cabel called on the attorney general to investigate a rabbinical ruling saying that those behind the Geneva Accord are traitors who should be put on trial.

The ruling, issued yesterday by some 250 right-wing rabbis, branded the Israeli negotiators involved in drafting the Geneva Accord as traitors who should be shunned by the world.

The ruling, released as the unofficial Geneva Accord was launched in Switzerland, drew calls for a police inquiry from leftists who see it as incitement of the kind that led to the 1995 assassination of then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.

The rabbinical committee, which has no official status, declared the peace pact an "act of treason" whose negotiators should be "brought to justice and declared outside the brotherhood of humanity." The rabbis also expressed anger at proposals to grant Palestinian sovereignty over the Temple Mount.

Pines-Paz said that the ruling was tantamount to incitement.

"This madness must be stopped right away," Cabel said. "This insane ruling paves the way for someone to kill those behind the Geneva Accord."

Cabel expressed his concern that the rabbis' ruling was reminiscent of similar edicts issued in the months leading up to the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995.

Several radical rabbis issuedrulings at the time, in which the describe Rabin and his Labor colleagues as traitors for considering ceding parts of the Land of Israel.