Mohammad Deif resurfaces to threaten Israel

Hamas's military wing chief makes rare statement, vows "continued strike on the Zionist enemy."

November 4, 2008 13:24
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Despite the relative quiet in southern Israel, there were signs Tuesday that a fresh round of violence in Gaza is just around the corner. In a rare statement by the head of Hamas's military wing, Mohammad Deif, the senior operative vowed to "continue to strike at the Zionist enemy." Deif, whose threats were published on the Izzadin Kassam website, said, "We are a nation that has known no respite. Our path is that of martyrdom or victory. We are Allah's destiny in this holy piece of land [and are] meant to chase away the enemy... We will therefore, God willing, carry out operations." After two years of silence, Deif last emerged in August vowing to continue the armed struggle against Israel until his death. Deif is considered one of the most wanted Palestinians and is responsible for the deaths of dozens of Israeli civilians. He has survived a number of Israeli assassination attempts, including one in which he was believed to have been critically wounded.

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