Mofaz, Halutz: Jericho raid was not political

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz rejected allegations on Wednesday afternoon that the army's Tuesday raid on a Jericho prison was politically motivated. Mofaz said, "We weren't motivated by the [upcoming] elections." Chief of Staff Dan Halutz reiterated Mofaz' comments in an Tuesday afternoon meeting with President Moshe Katsav, saying that the mission was not political but an immediate military necessity, Army Radio reported.