Israel reveals 'Olmert murder plot'

Fatah fighters allegedly plotted to attack the Israeli prime minister in August.

    Israel says there was a plot to attack Olmert, right,  while he visited the West Bank [AFP]

    Although the men admitted they planned the attack, the Palestinian Authority released them last week.

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    Olmert's office has protested their release to Abbas. But Tawfiq Tirawi, the Palestinian intelligence chief, denied they were freed.

    An Israeli government spokeswoman had no immediate information on the assassination attempt, and it was not clear how close the plotters got to carrying out the plot.

    It also was not clear why Israel waited two and half months to disclose the alleged assassination plan.

    While Abbas oversees the official Palestinian security forces, he has little control over pro-Fatah armed groups, which frequently act counter to his efforts to reconcile Israel and the Palestinians.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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