Top Hamas leader Abd al-Aziz al-Rantisi has been killed by an Israeli helicopter missile strike on his car in Gaza City.
An Israeli Foreign Ministry official confirmed that the missile strike was a targeted killing.
“We tried to do it a few months ago. At that time, he managed to run away. This time we got him,” Meir said.
Two of his bodyguards were also killed in the attack that took place this evening.
Al-Rantisi, a co-founder of Hamas, has become one of its two main leaders since Israel’s killing of Hamas spiritual head Ahmad Yasin in Gaza on 22 March.
He had long depicted himself as a Hamas politician with no links to the military wing. But Israel had refused to accept the distinction, accusing him of being a top decision-maker on attacks and of using his media role to incite violence.
It’s clear that this is the policy that Israel will be embracing more and more; dirty assassinations and state terrorism.
Of course, why not?
With Israel getting the green light from the US and being sure that any UN resolution against it will be vetoed (just like the resolution after the assassination of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin), there’s nothing to hold them back or make them think twice about killing anyone they feel like killing.
And as Saeb Erakat just said:
“At the end of the day violence will breed more violence, hatred will breed more hatred.”
Leaders of Hamas and other Palestinian groups, as well as ordinary Palestinians are already promising revenge for these killings.
It seems like Peace is very far from being more than an illusion.