April 22, 2018
All kinds of people assassinate Hamas officials on foreign soil.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman suggested on Sunday that the assassination at close range of Hamas engineer Fadi al-Batash in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, over the weekend may have been the result of a settling of accounts within the Islamist group. He did not respond directly, however, when asked if Israel was behind the killing.
In an interview to Kan Reshet Bet radio, Lieberman was asked if he had heard about the engineer’s death before or after it happened. He replied: “We heard about this on the news. There’s a tradition at this point among terrorist organizations of blaming Israel for every settling of accounts.”
“The man was not a saint,” Lieberman said referring to Al-Batash. “He wasn’t involved with improving the electricity grid or infrastructure and water. We have heard the announcements by the heads of the Hamas taking responsibility for the man, explaining the he was involved with the production of rockets, with improving the rockets’ accuracy.”
When Lieberman was asked whether in fact there was no need to shed tears even if the assassination was not carried out by Israel, the Defense Minister responded: “A settling of scores among terrorist organizations, among terrorists, among various factions, is something that we see from time to time. I assume that that’s also what occurred in this case.” When asked which faction would seek Al-Batash’s death, Lieberman replied: “That interests us less. You need to understand that we have no reason to shed a tear.”
In a separate interview with Army Radio, Lieberman spoke about whether Al-Batash would be buried in the Gaza Strip, which Hamas controls. Al-Batash is a former resident of the Jabalya refugee camp in northern Gaza. “There is a set procedure. We aren’t letting the bodies of Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip,” Lieberman said, adding however, the Israel cannot prevent the body from being brought into Gaza from Egypt, which also borders the coastal enclave, although he said Israel was working to urge the Egyptians not to allow the body in either.
They will admit this in a couple of years, and brag about it.
Until then, they will just keep denying.
Al-Jazeera has a pretty good piece up about Israel’s history of targeting Palestinians across the planet.
What was unique about this latest killing though is that they were not wearing masks and allowed themselves to be seen, as if they were bragging about it.
And strangely, the Malaysian government doesn’t appear to be pressing the issue.
You’d think they’d be pretty mad.
The Malaysians hate the Jews.
I’ve heard if you have an Israeli stamp on your passport, they will often deny you entry to the country.