21st Century Wire says…
Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman claimed that last months murder of a top Hamas operative was an ‘inside job’ and added he ‘would not be surprised’ if ‘somebody’ assassinates Hassan Rouhani, the President of Iran.
Whilst Lieberman’s previous claim about the Hamas operative would have come through debriefed intelligence from either the Mossad or Shin-Bet agencies, one could ascertain that his ‘commentary’ on Hassan Rouhani could also be a ‘double entendre’ threat from the Defence Chief, bearing in mind about the Iranian Elections en route .
More on this story from RT…
The murder of a top Hamas operative last month was an inside job, Israel’s Defense Minister has claimed, adding he would “not be surprised” if “somebody” eventually assassinates one of the fundamentalist organization’s most ardent supporters – the president of Iran.
Following the shooting of senior Hamas member Mazen Faqha in the Gaza Strip in late March, the Palestinian liberation movement went on to blame Israel for the assassination, vowing a “divine punishment” to his assassins.
While Hamas’ internal investigation into the assassination was reportedly completed, Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman told the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, that internal assassinations are characteristic of the group.
“We can say with certainty that it was an internal killing,” Lieberman said, according to Haaretz.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if, during the Iranian election on May 19, somebody assassinates the president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani,” he added.
The Israeli defense chief did not elaborate on his statement about the potential assassination of the Iranian president, but it seems unlikely that Hamas would seek to assassinate the president of a country which shares parts of its ideology and has been known to help the Palestinian cause.
Hamas, just as Iran, aims to liberate the Palestinian territories occupied by the state of Israel. After the 1979 Revolution, Iran severed all ties with Israel, and its Islamic government does not recognize the legitimacy of Israel as a state. It is widely believed that Tehran supports Hamas in its endeavors to undermine Israeli authority.
Despite the relative calm between Hamas and Israel, the organization’s military wing, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, continues to carry out regular rocket attacks against southern Israel. While most of the projectiles fall in deserted areas, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) firmly retaliates against the attacks, striking Hamas targets in Gaza air raids.
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On March 24, Mazen Faqha suffered four gunshot wounds to his head and was later pronounced dead in Tell al-Hama neighborhood of the Gaza Strip. A massive manhunt was launched by Hamas after the perpetrators managed to flee the scene of the crime.
During the pursuit, dozens of Palestinians were reportedly arrested and accused of collaborating with Israeli intelligence, a crime punishable by death in Gaza which has been ruled by Hamas for a decade now. Three of the so-called “collaborators”, with no apparent direct ties to Faqha’s shooting were executed in Gaza last week, Times of Israel reports…
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