bet on site of next bombing
Friday June 14, 2002
The Israeli police are investigating a claim that an illegal gambling
ring is running a sweepstake on the location of the next Palestinian
Reports in the newspaper Ma'ariv and on Israel Radio alleged that
the ring, based in the town of Kiryat Malachi, was distributing
betting sheets with the odds for various locations. Ma'ariv condemned
the enterprise as being in the "worst taste imaginable".
The betting sheet gives odds of 17-1 against for the Red Sea resort
of Eilat, which has been free of violence during the latest uprising,
and six to four against for Jerusalem, which has been attacked by
suicide bombers many times.
The wagers count for attacks by "Arabs against Jews, and not
The reports have shocked Israel, which has suffered 60 bombings
in the past 21 months, killing more than 200 people and prompting
many people to avoid such public places as cafes, buses and malls.
Gambling is outlawed in Israel, although the practice is widespread,
and an illegal casino in Rishon Letzion was one of the bombers'
targets. Fifteen people died.