Report: Mofaz Tops Palestinian ‘Hit List’

Published September 2nd, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Israel’s chief of staff, Shaul Mofaz, tops a “hit list” allegedly drawn up on orders from Palestinian President Yasser Arafat in retaliation for the Israeli assassination last week of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader Abu Ali Mustapha, says a report by the Sunday Times. 

Israeli security sources were quoted in the report as saying that the list also includes Mofaz’s deputy, Brigadier General Moshe Yaalon. Another target is Avraham Dichter, the head of Shin Bet, said the report.  

"The assassination of Abu Ali Mustafa was a red line which shouldn't have been crossed by the Israelis," a Palestinian source told the paper.  

Late July, senior Israeli defense officials rejected as a "gimmick" a Palestinian Authority demand that it arrest around 50 Jewish "terrorists" on a list the PA presented at a US-mediated security meeting. 

Palestinian officials say that over 50 political leaders and resistance fighters have been killed under Israel's assassination policy, variously called by the euphemisms "targeted killings," "liquidations," "surgical strikes," and "interception operations." 

AFP's latest death tally for the Palestinian uprising against 34 years of Israeli military occupation comes out to 13 Arab Israelis, 578 Palestinians, and 155 Israelis, putting the ratio of casualties at around four Palestinians killed for every Israeli loss – 


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