Netanyahu tour in Jerusalem market cut short by security threats

February 4, 2009 15:11


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An electioneering tour by Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market was cut short on Wednesday because of the heavy security measures taken. Against his wishes, Netanyahu was instructed by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) to wear a bullet-proof vest. The Shin Bet authorized the visit on condition that he wear the vest. Sources in Netanyahu's headquarters said that the Shin Bet department in charge of security of important figures told them the extra security measures were related to the fact that Wednesday was the one-year anniversary of the killing of Hizbullah leader Imad Mughniyeh. The organization accuses Israel of being responsible for the assassination.

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