Friday, June 30, 2006

Free Soldier
Or Your
Prime Minister

In yet another move I applaud, Israel has raised the stakes, assuring Mahmoud Abbas that they will assassinate the Hamas-affiliated Prime Minister if the Palestinians do not free the Israeli soldier they hold:

ISRAEL last night threatened to assassinate Palestinian Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh if Hamas militants did not release a captured Israeli soldier unharmed.

The unprecedented warning was delivered to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a letter as Israel debated a deal offered by Hamas to free Corporal Gilad Shalit.

It came as Israeli military officials readied a second invasion force for a huge offensive into Gaza.
Hamas's Gaza-based political leaders, including Mr Haniyeh, had already gone into hiding.
But last night's direct threat to kill Mr Haniyeh, a democratically elected head of state, sharply raised the stakes.