In a recent development, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly initiated discussions on a plan to authorize a mission akin to ‘Operation Wrath of God.’ This mission, inspired by the actions of his predecessor Golda Meir, aims to eliminate Israel’s enemies across countries and continents, specifically targeting Hamas leaders once the ongoing campaign in Gaza concludes. A Wall Street Journal report suggests that Netanyahu has instructed Israel’s intelligence agency, the Mossad, to streamline and execute this ambitious plan.
The Mossad is reportedly developing plans to neutralize high-value targets in Turkey, Lebanon, and Qatar, with a particular focus on the latter due to its hosting of a Hamas office in the capital. It is important to note that Hamas’s political office in Qatar was opened in 2012 in coordination with the United States government, following a request to establish a communication channel.
Former Mossad Director Efraim Halevy has expressed concerns about the potential operations, warning that such actions could have unintended consequences and further destabilize the region. Halevy emphasized that pursuing Hamas on a global scale with the goal of systematically removing its leaders might be more about revenge than achieving a strategic aim.
The Mossad’s reported kill list includes prominent figures such as Ismail Haniyeh, Mohammed Deif, Yahya Sinwar, and Khaled Mashal.
Ismail Haniyeh, aged 60, is a politician and former Palestinian prime minister. He currently resides in voluntary exile, splitting his time between Qatar and Turkey.
Mohammed Deif heads Hamas’ military wing, the Ezzdine al-Qassam Brigades, and is considered Israel’s public enemy number one. Deif has survived multiple assassination attempts, and his current whereabouts are unknown.
Yahya Sinwar, aged 61, is a former commander of the Ezzdine al-Qassam Brigades and was elected as the head of Hamas in Gaza in 2017. He spent 23 years in Israeli jails before his release in 2011.
Khaled Mashal, a founding member of Hamas Politburo, was the chairman until 2017. His current location is believed to be in Qatar. Mashal survived a sensational assassination attempt in Jordan in 1997, orchestrated by Mossad agents.
The prospect of Israel targeting Hamas leaders globally has sparked debates and criticisms. While some Israeli officials argue that a targeted killing campaign is what justice demands, others caution against the potential repercussions of such actions. It remains to be seen how this controversial plan will unfold and impact the already complex dynamics in the region.
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