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Israel Is Threatening To Kill Hamas Leadership

From an outraged Reuters:

Israel pounds Gaza, threatens to kill Hamas leaders

By Nidal al-Mughrabi

GAZA (Reuters) – Israel stepped up air attacks in the Gaza Strip on Monday, killing at least five Palestinians, and a senior Israeli cabinet minister said all Hamas leaders involved in cross-border rocket fire could be targeted.

“I don’t distinguish between those who carry out the (rocket) attacks and those who give the orders. I say we have to put them all in the crosshairs,” National Infrastructure Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said on Israel Radio.

Thousands of Hamas supporters took to the streets of Gaza City and gunmen fired into the air, vowing revenge, one day after an Israeli air strike on the home of Hamas politician Khalil al-Hayya.

Hamas said only two of the eight people killed in Sunday’s attack were gunmen. Hayya was not injured, though he lost seven family members in the strike.

“We will keep to the same path until we win one of two goals: victory or martyrdom,” Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, a Hamas leader, said at the funeral service.

Israeli aircraft carried out a series of attacks in the territory on Monday.

At least four members of Islamic Jihad, on their way to launch rockets at Israel, were killed in an air strike that destroyed their car near the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya, the militant group said.

“The Zionist attack will not stop rocket fire against Zionist towns,” said Abu Ahmed, spokesman of Islamic Jihad’s armed wing. “Leaders of the Zionist enemy will pay a price.” … 

Israel’s internal security minister, Avi Dichter, said Hamas’s leader-in-exile Khaled Meshaal, whom Israel tried to assassinate in Jordan in 1997, would not be immune to attack.

Dichter also said on Israel Radio that Haniyeh, who lives in Gaza, could be targeted should he become involved in ordering rocket fire…

Hayya said: “If I was killed today, even if all the leaders were killed, the Palestinian people would replace me and them with hundreds of other leaders.” …

To my mind the “leadership” should be the first target.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 21st, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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