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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Khaled Meshaal dead?

Elder of Ziyon reports that Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal may have been on a Sudanese plane that crashed on landing at Khartoum's airport yesterday. More than 100 people were killed in the crash out of more than 200 on the plane. Here's video of the crash aftermath (there's more than one report here - the first one is Israel Television's Channel 10).

The Mossad attempted to assassinate Meshaal in 1997 in Jordan by giving him a lethal injunction. The Clinton administration forced the Netanyahu government to have the Mossad administer an anti-dote to avoid 'embarrassing' then-King Hussein. Israel was also forced to release Sheikh Ahmed Yassin from prison as a result. The latter consequence was undone by helicopters during the Oslo War. But Israel never got Meshaal.
In September 1997, the Mossad botched an assassination attempt against none other than Khaled Meshaal in Jordan. King Hussein was furious. He forced Israel to give the Jordanians the antidote for the poison that was administered to Meshaal, and to release many 'Palestinian' prisoners terrorists, including Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin (who would later meet an Israeli helicopter after morning prayers in Gaza). At the time, I remember thinking that Bibi Netanyahu - who was then Prime Minister - was giving up way too much to free a couple of Mossad operatives who were being held prisoner in Jordan. But in retrospect, the times were different, the American President was different, a trial would have been tremendously embarassing to the Israeli government, and could have exposed a lot of the Mossad's operational methods, and at least Netanyahu wasn't falling over himself to make more and more concessions. And Hussein wasn't threatening mass murder - only a suspension in diplomatic relations.
I don't believe they got Meshaal this time either. Unless that entire plane was filled with terrorists, Israel would never have brought it down. But I won't cry if Meshaal died in the crash either.


At 7:04 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Jpost: at least 30 mortar shells, 18 Kassams, Ashkelon Beach - the # makes it seem they're mad about something specific, no mention of Meshaal. What will Olmert do now?

At 8:14 PM, Blogger Yishai said...

I agree that this is probably not a Mossad job. We're the good guys fighting a one-sided moral war. There is enough inter-Arab hatred going around, and this DOES have the Arab stamp of halal on it, but it is probably just an accident that Meshaal happened to be close to. It's hopeful that he's dead, but those cockroaches are so hard to kill...

At 8:43 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

If he's dead, I attribute it to the hidden hand of G-d at work in the world. Those who do evil meet their end and its seldom a pleasant one. May his name be wiped out from human memory.


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