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Monday, June 12, 2006

Haniyeh to be targeted?

Israel has warned before that 'Palestinian President' Ismail Haniyeh may be a target in a future war between Israel and Hamas. But now it's become more explicit.

"Yassin and Rantisi [two Hamas leaders liquidated by Israel in targeted assassinations in 2004 CiJ] 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 Kadima MK Tzachi Hanegbi, who is chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Although HaAretz reports that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has disavowed HaNegbi's words, saying that "No one speaks in the name of the prime minister," HaNegbi is not the only one saying that the time has come for Israel to take a stand.

Labor MK Matan Vilna'i, whose last army rank was much higher than that of Comrade Peretz, slammed Peretz today for refusing to use artillery to respond to Kassam attacks.
Vilna'i issued a statement today in which he argued that the IDF should enter the Gaza Strip and take over key strategic areas.

Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu, the brother of a war hero, and while not a former Chief of Staff like Vilnai, a higher ranking former officer than Peretz, said that the decision to stop IDF shelling of Kassam rocket launch sites could be seen as a sign of Israeli weakness by the various Palestinian terror organizations. "They need to know that if [we] don't have quiet, they won't either," Netanyahu told Army Radio.

In the meantime, officials refused to set a date on which Peretz's giving Hamas a 'chance' would expire.

Meanwhile, three more rockets slammed into Sderot this afternoon.


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