An Israeli lawmaker from the opposition publicly stated on Saturday what many believe to be true though has yet to be officially confirmed by the government – Israel is behind the killing of Hezbollah operative Samir Kuntar.
During a town hall meeting in Beersheba on Saturday, Zionist Union MK Omer Bar-Lev was asked about the Lebanese Shi'ite group and its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, in the wake of recent threats to attack chemical facilities in Haifa.
"I would not recommend to Nasrallah that he leave his bunker," the lawmaker, a former commander of the elite reconnaissance commando unit Sayeret Matkal, said. "Why? Because he's an enemy, and he's a target He needs to be a target, so on a personal level I would advise him to look after himself."
When the moderator of the discussion asked if Nasrallah would be targeted "at the earliest possible opportunity, just like Samir Kuntar," Bar-Lev tried to dance around the subject.
"I certainly do not want to make operational statements of the kind," Bar-Lev said.
Moments later, Bar-Lev was asked if the Kuntar killing could be considered "a tremendous success for Israel."
"Yes, certainly," the lawmaker replied.