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Tuesday, April 13, 2004

B"H Assassination of Israeli president Katsav thwarted in Hungary

PLAN WAS TO BLOW UP NEW HOLOCAUST MUSEUM IN BUDAPEST DURING OPENING CEREMONY
JPost: Hungarian police said that the Arab nationals planned to blow up the new Holocaust museum in Budapest during its opening ceremony, Hungarian media reported. Hungarian media report that foreign security agencies tipped off their Hungarian counterparts some weeks ago regarding a threat on the president's life.

According to the reports, Katsav's schedule has been changed four times following numerous warnings about threats to his life. Hungarian media report that the would-be assassins arrived in Hungary last week.

Ynet reported that Budapest police had arrested the three Arab nationals after keeping them under surveillance and searching their homes.

A spokeswoman in Katsav's office in Jerusalem said the president was told that he had been the target. She had no information on the nature of the attack or how close the suspect got to carrying it out.

Israeli security officials say they had no prior warning of intended attacks against the president, but security around him is very tight. Since the assassination of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, they say, security around all leading Israeli figures has been tightened.