Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Israeli minister threatens to kidnap PA premier if IOF soldiers were captured
"GAZA, (PIC)-- Benjamin Ben Eliezer, the Israeli minister of infrastructure, on Wednesday threatened to kidnap the PA premier, Ismail Haneyya, if the Qassam Brigades captured any more Israeli soldiers.
Hebrew media quoted Ben Eliezer, who was a former war minister, as saying that the IOF would not hesitate in sweeping the Gaza Strip, storming Haneyya's house and taking him hostage if the Palestinians abducted more Israeli soldiers from their bases adjacent to the Strip.
The Hebrew radio also quoted an unidentified Israeli politician as saying that attempts to abduct soldiers and the continued firing of missiles would be met with severe retaliation.
The IOF claimed that the intensified Qassam Brigades firing of missiles on Tuesday was a cover up for an attempt to kidnap Israeli soldiers.
Palestinian security sources said that the IOF troops are preparing to break into certain areas in the Strip mainly those from where the missiles are being fired, but were waiting for a political endorsement to the plan."
This threat makes it crystal clear why you can't have a serious resistance and the trappings of "government" at the same time.