Israel threatens to kill Palestinian Prime Minister
Senior Israeli lawmaker anf former justice minister Tzachi Hanegbi, declaring Monday that "confrontation between Israel and Hamas is inevitable," warned that Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and other Hamas leaders may be targeted for assassination.
According to Haaretz, Hanegbi said that Haniyeh may meet the same fate as founding Hamas leaders Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and Abdel-Aziz Rantisi, killed in separate Israeli air strikes in early 2004. "Yassin and Rantisi are waiting for you, Haniyeh, if you implemet the same stance of liquidating Jews, indiscriminate firing, and suicide terror attacks aimed at paralyzing Israeli society anew," said Hanegbi, chairman of the Israeli parliament (Knesset) Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
Meanwhile, over 10 Qassam rockets were launched at the southern Israeli town of Sderot since Sunday night. There were no reports of injuries or damage.