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Israeli minister says OK to kidnap Iran president By AMY TEIBEL,
Associated Press Writer
Tue Sep 9, 8:58 PM ET
JERUSALEM - An Israeli Cabinet minister and one-time spy who helped
kidnap Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann and bring him to trial said
Tuesday the same tactic could be used on Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad is feared and reviled in Israel because of his repeated
calls to wipe the Jewish state off the map. His aggressive pursuit of
nuclear technology has only fueled Israel's fears.
"A man like Ahmadinejad who threatens genocide has to be brought for
trial in The Hague," said Rafi Eitan, referring to the international
war crimes tribunal in the Netherlands. "And all options are open in
terms of how he should be brought."
Asked if kidnapping was acceptable, Eitan replied; "Yes. Any way to
bring him for trial in The Hague is a possibility."
Iran's U.N. Ambassador Mohammad Khazee sent a letter of protest
Tuesday to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon over Eitan's comments
and other threats by Israeli officials to use force against Iran.
"While the Islamic Republic of Iran has never threatened other
nations," he said, it "would not hesitate to act in self-defense to
respond to any attack against the Iranian nation and to take
appropriate defensive measures to protect itself, its people and its
Eitan, a member of Israel's inner Cabinet of ministers with security
responsibilities, said he was expressing his own opinion and nothing
Eitan, 81, was one of the Mossad agents who kidnapped Eichmann from
Argentina in 1960 and brought him to Israel. Eichmann was tried and
executed for carrying out Adolf Hitler's "final solution" to kill
Eitan later headed a shadowy Defense Ministry unit that recruited
Jonathan Pollard, a Jewish-American naval analyst who was caught
spying for Israel in 1985 and sentenced to life in prison. The affair
was one of the most damaging episodes in Israel-U.S. relations.
Associated Press reporter Edith M. Lederer contributed to this report
from the United Nations.
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