Israeli President Moshe Katsav
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – Hungarian authorities arrested three Arabs who were plotting to assassinate visiting Israeli President Moshe Katsav, an aide said Tuesday. The suspects planned to target Katsav in a bombing, Israeli Embassy officials said.
Katsav was informed of the plot as he met with Hungarian President Ferenc Madl in Budapest, said Moshe Mizrahi, a senior official in Katsav’s office.
“Police in Hungary arrested three suspects on suspicion they tried to kill the president,” Mizrahi told The Associated Press.
Mizrahi told Israel Radio the suspects were Arabs.
A spokeswoman in Katsav’s office in Jerusalem had no information on the nature of the attack or how close it came to being carried out.
The alleged plan to attack Katsav took Israeli intelligence by surprise despite signs that radical Islamic groups were increasing their efforts to carry out attacks, security officials in Israel said on condition of anonymity.