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Israel Boosts Security For Cabinet Officials After Threat

Israel has increased security for Cabinet ministers after the Islamic militant group Hamas threatened to target Israeli leaders, an official said Monday. Hamas made the threat in response to Israel’s killing of a Hamas founder, Ibrahim Makadmeh, in a missile attack in Gaza over the weekend. An aide to Interior Minister Avraham Poraz said the Defense Ministry had assigned two bodyguards to Poraz as part a general increase in security for ministers in the wake of the Hamas threat. “Because of the threats, he was given a guard,” Poraz’s aide Tibi Rabinovich said. “He was given one at home as well.” Raanan Gissin, an adviser to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, said security is increased when there are serious concerns. “The whole thing is subject to intelligence alerts.” Makadmeh was killed after Hamas killed 15 Israelis and three Americans in a bus bombing and a shooting attack last week. Mahmoud Zahar, a Hamas leader, warned Sunday that Israel had “opened a new gate to violence” and that Israeli political leaders would now be targeted. Full Story

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