Israel Kills Hamas Member Inside Syria

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    Israel is in a state of war with Hamas, Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations. As you know, Hamas is responsible for suicide bombings, rocket attacks, and murder of civilians inside Israel. Does this justify Israel killing Hamas members no matter where they are located? Can Israel invoke the right of self-defense when preempting Hamas terrorist activities?

    From Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=6334440&pageNumber=0

    Suspected Israeli Agents Kill Militant in SyriaSun Sep 26, 2004 02:48 PM ET

    DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria accused Israel of terrorism after a bomb -- which Israeli security sources said Israel planted -- killed a Hamas official in Damascus on Sunday. Hamas vowed to retaliate.
    "This terrorist act represents a grave development that Israel shoulders responsibility for, as it emphasizes its intention to shake security and stability in the region," the Syrian state news agency quoted an official source as saying.
    A bomb killed Izz el-Deen al-Sheikh Khalil, 42, when he started the engine and an explosive charge under the driver's seat ripped through his SUV in the Az-Zahera neighborhood of Syria's capital, witnesses said. Three passers-by were wounded.
    Palestinian sources in Gaza said Khalil was believed to be in charge of the group's military wing outside the Palestinian territories. Hamas sources in Beirut said he was a mid-level official. The Palestinian militant group vowed revenge.
    Israel's Channel Two, citing unidentified security sources, said Israel was behind the car bombing.
    "In off-the-record conversations there is confirmation that Israel is responsible for this morning's assassination of a senior Hamas official in Damascus," the television station said.
    Were Israel to have carried out the attack, it would be a rare foray into Syria -- only the second in around 30 years.
    A neighbor who identified himself only as Nabil said: "He (Khalil) said good morning to us like he does every day and then walked to his car.
    "He got into the car and then the phone rang," Nabil said. After answering the phone, Khalil tried to start the car, he said. "We heard the explosion. We rushed toward his car and found him in pieces in the back seat."
    The blast shattered windows in high-rise buildings and damaged a nearby car.
    A spokesman in Gaza for Hamas -- an Islamist group bent on Israel's destruction which has carried out dozens of suicide bombings in Israel -- said the killing was "a cowardly crime by the Zionist Mossad," a reference to Israel's spy agency.

    REVENGE

    In a statement released in Gaza, Hamas threatened to target Israelis abroad in retaliation.
    "We have let hundreds of thousands of Zionists travel and move in capitals of the world in order not to be the party which transfers the struggle. But the Zionist enemy has done so and should bear the consequences of its actions," said the statement by Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas.
    But spokesmen in Damascus and Beirut said Hamas would launch attacks only inside Israel and the Palestinian territories in keeping with the group's policy.
    A Syrian Interior Ministry source identified Khalil to the official news agency as a Palestinian citizen "who did not carry out any (organized) activity in Syrian territories."
    Israel last launched an attack in Syria in October last year, sending warplanes to bomb a suspected Palestinian militant training base after a suicide bombing in Israel. It was the first Israeli attack in Syria in 30 years.
    Israeli security officials had vowed to renew an assassination campaign against Hamas leaders in Palestinian areas and abroad in response to twin bus bombings on Aug. 31 that killed 16 people in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba.
    Israeli army chief Moshe Yaalon said this month that Israel would "deal with ... those who support terrorism," including those in "terror command posts in Damascus."
    On Friday, the pan-Arab newspaper al-Hayat reported that an Arab country had given the Mossad detailed information about Hamas's leadership in a number of Arab capitals. It did not identify the country.
    Syria's support of anti-Israeli militant factions, both Palestinian and Lebanese, was a key reason for the imposition of U.S. economic sanctions against Damascus in May.
    Palestinian activists had said all Palestinian factions with offices in Syria had decided to close to avoid embarrassing their hosts in view of the increased U.S. pressure on Damascus.
    The Syrian Interior Ministry source said Israel had not allowed Khalil to return to the Palestinian territories since his banishment in 1992. The source said authorities were investigating the incident.
    Last March, Israel killed Hamas's co-founder and spiritual leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, in a helicopter missile strike as he left a mosque in Gaza City.
    His successor, Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi, was killed a month later in a similar Israeli attack in Gaza City.
    (Additional reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza, Matthew Tostevin in Jerusalem and Leila Bassam in Beirut)
     
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    The US pretty much opened the door for pre-emptive strikes by doing so ourselves yet this is nothing really new for the Mossad. It certainly doesn't help the peace process but it doesn't seem to be that anyone is trying for peace these days anyway. I'm assuming only internal politics is preventing an all out assault on Syria. (for now)
     
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    More on the topic of Israeli preemption of Hamas.

    From Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=ELXMSC2XIDD0OCRBAEOCFEY?type=topNews&storyID=6340069&pageNumber=1

    Israel Threatens Syria Over Militants
    Mon Sep 27, 2004 06:52 AM ET

    By Mark Heinrich
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel accused Syria on Monday of "directing terrorism" and said it could face pre-emptive strikes against militants on its territory, but stopped short of saying it killed a Hamas leader in Damascus.
    Syria had accused Israel of terrorism following the Palestinian militant's death in a car bombing Sunday, three weeks after Hamas killed 16 Israelis in bombings Israel blamed on Hamas exiles in Damascus.
    Israeli deputy Defense Minister Zeev Boim said Syria was "a central junction in regional terrorism," including Palestinian violence against Israel, and President Bashar al-Assad "works there as the traffic officer."
    "Syria is responsible for directing this terrorism against us and therefore it cannot be immune to our operations aimed at preventing terror," Boim said on Israel Radio.
    Asked whether Israel was behind the killing of Izz el-Deen al-Sheikh Khalil, 42, who Palestinian sources said headed Hamas's military wing outside the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Boim said: "I didn't say that. We don't confirm or deny this."
    Israel has declined comment on the killing. But Channel Two television quoted unnamed security sources as saying Israeli agents had planted the bomb which tore apart Khalil when he turned the ignition of his car.
    Syria's state news agency quoted an official source on Sunday as saying: "This terrorist act represents a grave development for which Israel shoulders responsibility as it stresses its intent to shake (regional) security and stability."
    Hamas threatened to retaliate in an accelerating cycle of violence that threatens to complicate Israel's planned evacuation of settlers and soldiers from occupied Gaza in 2005.
    Militants have stepped up attacks, keen to cast any Israeli pullout as fleeing under fire, and citing Israel's intent to hold on to larger settlements in the West Bank as a tradeoff for jettisoning Gaza.

    PEACEMAKERS SIDELINED

    A U.S.-backed "road map" peace plan envisions Palestinian statehood in the West Bank and Gaza, lands Israel took along with Syria's Golan Heights in the 1967 Middle East war. But persistent violence on both sides has shredded the road map.
    Hamas, an Islamist movement vying with the mainstream Palestinian movement Fatah for dominance, is bent on destroying Israel. Hamas and other militant groups have killed hundreds of Israelis in suicide bombings.
    Israel says Syria has permitted exiled Palestinian militant leaders to orchestrate attacks from bases in Damascus. The Syrian government says Hamas and other Palestinian groups have only "information offices" in the country.

    If Israel indeed killed Khalil, it would be a rare strike into Syria. Israel bombed an alleged militant training camp in Syria last year, the first Israeli attack in Syria in 30 years.
    Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie, a professed Fatah moderate committed to Palestinian statehood alongside Israel, on Monday condemned the "assassination of the martyr Khalil" and called it an Israeli attempt to "export the crisis."
    "Our option is peace, a just peace ... to lift the blockades and stop the (West Bank settlement) policies imposed on our people," he told reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
    Osama Hamdan, Hamas's leader in Lebanon, said there were signs an Arab state might have helped Israel kill Khalil and if so this would be an act of "treason." He did not name any country. Israel has peace deals with two Arab states, Egypt and Jordan.
    Israeli security officials had vowed to renew an assassination campaign against Hamas leaders in Palestinian areas and abroad in response to twin bus bombings on Aug. 31 that killed 16 people in the Israeli city of Beersheba.
    In violence Monday, Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinian militants spotted planting a bomb near Gaza's border fence, Palestinian security sources said.
    Israeli troops also fired into the Gaza refugee camp of Khan Younis, killing a Palestinian civilian man of 55, medics said. The army said it was checking the report.
     
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    hell, the israelis invented modern day preemptive strikes
     
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    based on what?
     
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    What if the US or Britain did a pre-emptive strike on Hitler's Germany in WW2 before Hitler rebuilt his military and weapons?

    How many Russians, Europeans and Americans would have lived and had full lives?

    How many children were prevented from coming into the world of mankind?

    What if Bill Clinton had taken out Ossama Bin Laden when he had this murderous evil man in his sites during his presidency?

    What are pre-emptive strikes when they prevent you from finding out the hard way what it feels like to have millions upon millions of lives ended by bombs brought to your shore or your cities destroyed by your own aircraft?

    Israel did not bring pre-emptive strikes into being but they like America has every right to prevent disasters from happening.
     

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