|The Israeli police are investigating a claim that an illegal gambling ring is taking bets on the location of the next Palestinian suicide bombing. |
Reports in the Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv and on Israel Radio alleged that the ring, based in the town of Kiryat Malachi, a town located north of the Gaza Strip, was distributing betting sheets with the odds for various locations.
Ma'ariv condemned the enterprise as being in the 'worst taste imaginable'.
Betting on the Red Sea resort of Eilat, which has not seen any violence during the past-21-months of conflict, is the long shot at 17-1, while often-targeted Jerusalem was given odds of 6-4 against.
Bets begin at 10 shekels ($2), the betting sheet states, adding that bets only count for attacks of “Arabs against Jews and not the opposite.”
The reports have shocked Israel, which has suffered 60 bombings in the past 21 months, killing more than 200 people, and injured more than 1,800 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.