ISRAEL (OBSERVATORY) – Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz threatened on Sunday to target senior Hamas leaders if the Palestinian group led attacks on the Israeli regime.
The threat came a day after a Hamas-linked Palestinian teacher, Fadi Mohammed al-Batsh, was shot dead near his home in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.
While expressing his condolences to al-Batsh family in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said the Israeli spy agency Mossad had “moved the battle out of the territories.” occupied”.
In an interview with Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot, Katz said, “Haniyeh threatens to attack Israeli targets abroad. I advise him to speak less and be more cautious, otherwise Israel will again start assassinating senior Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip.”
“Gaza is much closer than Malaysia,” he said, noting that Israel would resume targeted killings of Palestinian resistance leaders, including Haniyeh himself, and confessed half-heartedly that Israel was responsible for the murder of a Palestinian university professor.
Katz, however, avoided being more explicit about the assassination of Palestinian scientist Fadi al-Batih in Malaysia, saying that Israel does not talk about such operations.
“Malaysia has become a place of training for Hamas members, but we do not consider Malaysia as an enemy, and we can have links with Malaysia as we have with Turkey,” he added.
He then said that Hamas was developing its various land, sea and air capabilities, and that Tel Aviv should put an end to the threats.
“Israel knows how to locate and reach Hamas officials who are leading attacks on Israelis abroad,” said Katz.
Israel has killed many Palestinian resistance activists in the past, many of them abroad.
In 1997, Mossad agents tried to kill Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshaal in Jordan by spraying his ear with poison.
Mossad was also behind the assassination in 2010 of senior Hamas commander Mahmud al-Mabhuh at a hotel in Dubai.