Ben-Eliezer: Assassinate Nasrallah

Hizbullah chief should be targeted at "appropriate opportunity."

September 30, 2006 14:24
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National Infrastructures Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer (Labor) called on Saturday for the assassination of Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah. "He is dangerous to everyone," Ben-Eliezer declared in an interview to Army Radio - an interview that Army Radio reported was picked up and reported by a number of foreign news outlets, including the British Sky News - and said that Israel should target Nasrallah at an "appropriate opportunity." Ben-Eliezer also said that he was "unimpressed" by Syrian President Bashar Assad's announcement that he was willing to negotiate with Israel. Regarding the IDF withdrawal from Lebanon, Ben-Eliezer said that the army would complete the process as soon as possible, but expressed his concern that another war could break out within months. "The [status quo] won't hold," Ben-Eliezer said. "Anyone who trusts that Israel will be safe because the Lebanese army and international forces are in Lebanon is under a delusion. Only the IDF can guarantee the safety of Israel's citizens." Ben-Eliezer said that the IDF was a good army, and that the generalship during the recent war in Lebanon and been "a failure."

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