Israel Lawmakers Protected Ahead of Vote

Israel’s Shin Bet security service has tightened protection of the prime minister and legislators ahead of next week’s crucial parliament vote on a Gaza withdrawal, security officials said Wednesday.In the countdown to the decision, Israel’s political climate has become increasingly explosive. Some opponents of withdrawal have denounced Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as a dictator who is endangering Israel. Security officials said the Shin Bet is on high alert for possible attacks on Sharon, and he was ringed by an unprecedented number of bodyguards this week.Full Story

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