In a chilling revelation, Ronen Bar, the head of Israel’s domestic security agency, Shin Bet, has declared an ambitious and far-reaching mission to eliminate Hamas, the Palestinian militant group.
In a recording aired by Israel’s public broadcaster Kan, Bar asserted that the Israeli government had set a goal to eradicate Hamas, comparing the operation to the country’s response to the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre by the Palestinian Black September group.
Bar stated, “The cabinet has set us a goal, in street talk, to eliminate Hamas. This is our Munich. We will do this everywhere: in Gaza, in the West Bank, in Lebanon, in Turkey, in Qatar. It will take a few years, but we will be there to do it.”
The reference to Munich draws parallels with Israel’s response to the Black September attack, where the country initiated a targeted assassination campaign against the group’s operatives and organizers in various countries over several years.
The Shin Bet chief did not specify when he made these remarks or to whom, and the agency itself has declined to comment on the report.
The heightened tensions come after Hamas gunmen breached the Gaza border on October 7, resulting in a tragic toll of 1,200 lives, mostly civilians, and approximately 240 hostages. Israel has pledged to eradicate Hamas in the aftermath of this incursion.
Hamas leaders, aside from being based in Gaza, are known to reside in or frequently visit Lebanon, Turkey, and Qatar. Qatar recently mediated a week-long truce that regrettably broke down on Friday.
Over the years, various countries, including Turkey and Qatar, have offered some protection to Hamas despite its designation as a terrorist group by Australia, Canada, the European Union, Israel, Japan, and the United States.
This isn’t the first time Israel has pursued covert operations against Hamas. In 1997, Mossad agents attempted to poison then-Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Jordan.
The botched operation forced Israel to provide Jordan with an antidote to save Meshaal’s life. At that time, Benjamin Netanyahu was the Prime Minister of Israel.
As Israel sets out on this mission to hunt down Hamas globally, the repercussions and complexities of such a far-reaching operation are bound to draw international attention and concern.
The situation raises questions about the potential impact on diplomatic relations and the stability of the region.
The world watches as Israel invokes historical parallels in its pursuit of vengeance, but the consequences of such a widespread and prolonged operation remain uncertain, leaving many to wonder about the path to resolution in this profoundly entrenched and historical conflict.
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