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Jewish Settlers Threaten Plo Policemen

Wed., July 12, 1995

Angry over Israeli plans to withdraw troops from the West Bank, Jewish settler leaders threatened Tuesday to shoot the Palestinian policemen who replace them - and maybe even the Israelis who try to enforce the new order.

If a settler is stopped by Palestinian policemen, leader Pinchas Wallerstein told Israel radio, “he doesn’t need to wait for them to fire on him. He needs to fire immediately - and not in the air.”

Nissan Smoliansky, council head of the Elkana settlement, predicted clashes would start soon after the Palestine Liberation Organziation deploys policemen in the West Bank.

“In a short time, there will be weapons used between Jews and Arabs, from the moment an armed Palestinian policeman … tells us what to do,” he told Israel’s Channel 2 TV.

Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said the government would not tolerate an insurgency. “Anyone who says they are above the law has no place in a country that has rule of law,” he said.

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