'Israeli courts shouldn't judge targeted killings'

The state claimed that the policy of targeted assassinations should be judged on the basis of international law, and thus it is not the responsibility of Israeli courts to determine its legitimacy. It added that Israel was not the only country using that tactic against terrorists, citing the United States' targeted assassination of al-Qaida's operations commander last week. Furthermore, they argued, this held even more true following Israel's pullout from the Gaza Strip, according to Israel Radio. The statements came in defense of the expected High Court of Justice deliberations on the use of the controversial policy.