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Palestinians stand in front of a graffiti depicting a resistance fighter in Gaza. Israel considers resuming targeted killings of Gaza militant leaders to stop rocket fires. AFP photo

Palestinians stand in front of a graffiti depicting a resistance fighter in Gaza. Israel considers resuming targeted killings of Gaza militant leaders to stop rocket fires. AFP photo

Israel is considering resuming its contentious practice of assassinating militant leaders in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in an effort to halt intensified rocket attacks on Israel’s south, according to defense officials.
Defense officials said the assassination of Hamas leaders is shaping up as the preferred response to the stepped-up rocket fire.

“I’m in favor of targeted killings,” said opposition lawmaker Shaul Mofaz. “It is a policy that led Hamas to understand, during the suicide bombings, that they would pay the price should [the bombings] continue,” he told Army Radio on Nov. 12.

Vice Premier Moshe Yaalon is convinced the practice worked. “Over these past 13 years there has been an ongoing war, but there have also been extended periods of calm,” Yaalon on Nov. 12. “When I was chief of staff, the targeted killings against Hamas led to extended periods of quiet.”

Hamas vows to strike back


Under Yaalon and Mofaz, Israeli aircraft struck at the commander of Hamas’ military wing, Salah Shehadeh, the movement’s spiritual leader, Sheik Ahmed Yassin, his successor, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, and dozens of other senior Hamas military commanders. A Hamas spokesman, meanwhile, told Anatolia news agency that they would respond to an Israeli attack on their leaders.

“If Israel carries out an attack against Hamas leaders, we will respond to them,” said Salah al-Bardawil, a spokesman for Hamas’ parliamentary group. “They will receive the same level of response in any attacks,” he said.

November/14/2012

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A Shmolik

11/14/2012 5:23:27 PM

@hyobb - You can twist or sway in the wind but you can't change History, were the motives of "Decembrist" in Czarist Rusia, looking for Rewards or the Assasination in Sarayevo for Money or How about Assasination of Lincoln? In these days and age it is a political act, that in reality is a cold blooded Murder commited by or on orders of bankrupt minds and politics!

nyob nyobb

11/14/2012 10:55:36 AM

Assassination = killing for a reward. Shooting terrorists is another matter. Mind your language!

A Shmolik

11/14/2012 7:20:10 AM

@A.Rapaport,your post14/2012 12:53:56AM This message is a mouthfull for a16year old Yashiva student,these words are't your own, they don't match your usual pattern. Nevertles thank you for pointing out to the World at large the life conditions the Palestinian People hadto endure to stay alive!the need for Hamas, PLO, Fatah, et.al. have been explained and legitimaized at this Juncture, to keep the Hope alive for the People of the Mideast! It is unmistakable that the Nations of the World will sit

Aryeh Rapaport

11/14/2012 12:53:56 AM

Israel should continue target killing & eliminate every Islamic extremist whos goal is to kill! Israel should bomb every Hamas leader, government building, military facility. Anywhere Hamas is Israel should hunt them down & kill them. Israel should be as careful & considerate as possible regarding innocent civilians!! But MUST attack, kill anyone with a gun, rocket, shooting! Every countries #1 priority is securing its citizens. Israel must Secure ALL Israelis (Muslims, Druz, Christian too!!!!)
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