Ashkenazi looking to the sky 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The IDF has decided to renew its security over former chief of staff Lt.-Gen
(res.) Gabi Ashkenazi amid concerns that he could be targeted by Hezbollah ahead
of the fourth anniversary of the assassination of the guerrilla group’s military
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Ashkenazi retired from the IDF in February and continued to be
protected until about four months ago. Several weeks ago, however, the defense
establishment decided to renew his security detail amid new intelligence
indicating that the former chief of staff could be targeted by
It would not be the first time that Hezbollah has tried to
target Ashkenazi. In 2010, an Israeli-Arab from Tira was sentenced to five years
in prison after he was convicted of spying on Ashkenazi for
Rawi Sultani followed Ashkenazi to the gym he worked out at in
Kfar Saba and passed on information about the chief of staff’s security detail
to his Hezbollah handlers.
Hezbollah is believed to be actively seeking
revenge for the February 2008 assassination of its military commander Imad
Mughniyeh in Damascus, which it attributes to Israel. Over the years, there have
been reports of a number of plots that were thwarted to avenge the assassination
including an attempt to bomb the Israeli Embassy in Azerbaijan.