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Mofaz: Israel should reinstitute Sharon's assassination policies

Sept. 12, 2008 11:48 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 12, 2008 11:48 A.M.)
Bethlehem/Gaza - Ma'an - Israeli Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz on Friday urged officials to reinstitute Israel's assassination policy against Palestinian resistance leaders.

In an interview with Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv on upcoming Israeli elections, Mofaz suggested Israel reinstitute former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's assassination policies.

Palestinian resistance leaders responded in force to the statements.

Ibrahim An-Najjar, a leader of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, warned Friday morning that the transportation minister's comments are evidence of an upcoming "wave of assassinations and aggression" against Palestinians.

An-Najjar said that the former defense minister's comments were in reference to upcoming Kadima Party elections in Israel, in which Mofaz will face Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

"Israeli leaders are competing for our blood and all Palestinian parties should unite to prepare for the next wave of Israeli violence," An-Najjar told Ma'an on Friday.

But An-Najjar warned that resistance movements would never permit Israel to use Palestinians as political fodder. "The Palestinian resistance will put down all Israeli goals," he said. The leader insisted that Israel remains weak, citing as evidence Hizbullah's victory in the July 2006 war in Lebanon.

But he feared projects initiated by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas could weaken the Palestinian cause, accusing the Palestinian Authority of making "poor agreements with Israeli leaders."

An-Najjar called on Palestinian factions to regroup in light of Israeli attempts to confiscate West Bank land and turn Jerusalem into an exclusively Jewish capital.

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