Friday, July 13, 2007

Israel planning to assassinate Haniyeh

Israel planning to assassinate Haniyeh, Nazareth-based paper says

"Bethlehem - Ma'an - An Arabic-language newspaper published in Nazareth, in northern Israel, reported on Friday that the Israeli cabinet has approved plans to assassinate Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of the Hamas movement. According to the paper's Israeli sources, the Israeli defence minister, Ehud Barak, has also approved the decision.

The As-Sennara newspaper added that sources "close to the Israeli decision-makers" affirmed that the Israeli security bodies have drawn up plans to "eliminate" Haniyeh. According to the Nazareth-based paper, the Israeli security bodies have handed over these plans to Barak, who, in turn, has agreed from a preliminary point of view to the plans.

Barak also raised the issue in the cabinet last week, the paper said, and the issue was approved.

The paper added that Barak urged the cabinet to agree to the plan fully and "without reservations." Reportedly, the cabinet agreed. The paper said the execution of the plan is now only a matter of timing. "

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