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Opposition Is Physical
The latest incidents have
Jerusalem (JTA) — Security for
government ministers has been sparked a hail of accusations be-
stepped up amid growing politi- tween Labor and Likud parlia-
cal opposition in Israel to the mentarians.
Labor Knesset member Rafi
peace process with the Palestini-
Alloul called on Attorney Gen-
In recent weeks, Mr. Rabin eral Michael Ben-Yair to strip
and other Cabinet ministers have Hanegbi of his parliamentary im-
been the targets of public out- munity, in order for charges to
bursts in which they were heck- be brought against him for the
incident at the Jerusalem pa-
led or physically attacked.
Mr. Rabin said that while he rade.
was concerned about the grow-
ing political violence, he was not
worried about his own personal
"This doesn't seem to be a per-
sonal problem, but rather a se-
vere public problem," Mr. Rabin
told Army Radio.
Protests against the govern-
ment's peace policies with the
Likud leader Benjamin Ne-
Palestine Liberation Organiza-
tion have become increasingly vo- tanyahu has rejected claims that
he has been the driving force be-
cal — and physical.
In one of the most violent out- hind the acts of incitement.
At an opposition rally in Efrat,
bursts, a right-wing supporter
charged at Mr. Rabin during an Mr. Netanyahu said, "We cannot
annual gathering of Israel's Eng- condone physical attacks against
lish-speaking community, held Cabinet ministers or represen-
at the Wingate sports center in tatives of the government.
"We have to express ourselves
Bodyguards pushed the pro- in the ballot box, not through vi-
olence," he said.
tester away from Mr. Rabin.
Meanwhile, another anti-gov-
"Rabin is endangering the lives
of Jews, creating a terrorist state ernment demonstration took
and taking severe measures, so place in downtown Jerusalem.
Protesters from the grassroots
he shouldn't be surprised if harsh
measures are also taken against group Zo Artzeinu, or This is our
him," Itamar Ben Gabir, an ac- Land, blocked traffic by leading
tivist in the militantly anti-Arab a bunch of sheep on leashes onto
Kach movement told Israel Tele- a main thoroughfare.
The demonstrators said they
Mr. Ben Gabir was shown wanted to illustrate the point that
holding the hood ornament from they did not plan to let the Rabin
Mr. Rabin's Cadillac. It was government's policies lead them
stripped from the car during anti- like "sheep to the slaughter."
Police removed the sheep —
Mr. Ben Gabir told the re- and demonstrators — from the
porter that if activists could get road.
close enough to Mr. Rabin's car
to take the ornament, they could
also get close to Mr. Rabin.
In another incident, Religious
Affairs Minister Shimon Shetreet
was accosted during a religious
ceremony at the Western Wall, Jerusalem (JTA) — Israel, Egypt
during which people in the crowd and Cyprus held a joint envi-
ronmental exercise off the coast
called him a "traitor."
The opposition has come not of the Egyptian city of Port Said
only come from disaffected Israeli to deal with marine pollution.
The unprecedented three-day
citizens, but also from officials of
operation began as part of a re-
During the annual Jerusalem gional emergency plan to deal
parade, Likud Knesset member with marine pollution.
The exercise, which received
Tzachi Hanegbi drowned out Mr.
Rabin's remarks by broadcasting funds from the European Union,
his own anti-government com- took place in the wake of a recent
ments on loudspeakers he had se- international agreement on
cretly set up near the reviewing cleaning up the Mediterranean
Under the operation's sce-
The prime minister has lashed
out at the opposition, calling such nario, the three countries worked
acts incitement and proof that it together to contain a simulated
does not have a legitimate argu- fuel tanker leak at the Suez
ment to stand on.
The latest incidents
have sparked a hail