Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected the France's call for the release of Salah Hamouri, a French-Palestinian man found guilty of planning to kill a well-known rabbi and political leader.
AFP - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected on Thursday a call by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to free a Palestinian-French man jailed for plotting to kill a prominent rabbi, a government source said.
"The prime minister decided to reject the demand for the release of this Palestinian," the official said, adding that the man "never expressed regret."
Sarkozy recently sent a letter to the hawkish premier requesting the release of Salah Khamuri, a resident of annexed Arab east Jerusalem who carries a French passport.
Khamuri was arrested in 2005 and convicted of plotting to assassinate Rabbi Ovadia Yossef, the spiritual leader of the powerful ultra-Orthodox Shas party, currently a member of Netanyahu's governing coalition.
Date created : 2009-08-13