Public Security Minister: Threat of Another Political Murder Exists in Israel

Yitzhak Aharonovitch's statement to Knesset comes in response to MK query following recent harrassment of activist Hagit Ofran and the Peace Now organization.

The threat of another political murder exists in Israel, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch told the Knesset on Wednesday.

Aharonovitch's statement came in response to a query from MK Isaac Herzog (Labor) following the repeated harassment of activist Hagit Ofran and the Peace Now organization.

Price tag graffiti outside hagit ofran's home - Tomer Appelbaum
Tomer Appelbaum

Recently, death threats were sprayed on the apartment building of Ofran, a Peace Now activist, and Peace Now offices in Jerusalem were vandalized in suspected "price tag" attacks.

"Price tag" is the name given by extremists to activities against Palestinians, peace activists or security forces in response to what are considered to be actions against the settlements or illegal outposts in the West Bank.

"Police are conducting a vigorous investigation and arrested a suspect who is still in custody," Aharonovitch told MKs. "The case is still being investigated. The investigations branch is doing all it can to prevent such acts and to investigate fully what happened."

"As for the threat of another political murder, this is indeed a question," Aharonovitch said. "It is my job to be worried. The threat exists. Both we and the Shin Bet security service, it is our job to be vigilant and conduct all operations. We're talking about a threat that covers the entire political spectrum."

The most infamous political murder in Israeli history took place on November 4, 1995 when then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a right-wing Jewish extremist after a peace rally in Tel Aviv.

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