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    Last Update: 03/10/2003 13:09 El Al pilots condemn signatories of letter of refusal http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/346728.html By Zohar Blumenkrantz
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      Last Update: 03/10/2003 13:09

      El Al pilots condemn signatories of letter of refusal
      http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/346728.html

      By Zohar Blumenkrantz and Lily Galili, Haaretz Correspondents


      A group of El Al pilots on Friday condemned their
      colleagues who have signed a letter refusing to
      carry out targeted killings in the territories,
      but said that they would not take any steps to
      punish them.

      "We condemn the pilots who signed the letter, not because
      of their opinions, but because their declaration represents
      incitement to refuse orders," said a letter distributed
      Friday among El Al pilots and signed by the chairman of the
      pilot's union, Captain Itay Regev.


      The letter said that El Al does not intend to dismiss the signatories,
      despite many requests that action be taken against them.

      Meanwhile, a fourth pilot retracted Friday his
      refusal to take part in operations in the
      territories. Lieutenant Colonel (Res.) Adam
      Netzer, a helicopter pilot, wrote to Israel Air
      Force chief Dan Halutz that he intended to
      raise a public discourse on moral issues, but
      did not intend to harm the public's faith in
      the air force.

      Netzer is the fourth pilot to remove his
      signature from the letter of refusal, but there
      are still 27 signatories because four
      additional pilots signed the letter since it
      was released.
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