Zahalka: Gov't plans to assassinate Haniyeh to boost PM's popularity

The government plans to assassinate Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh to increase Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's popularity, MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad) claimed on Saturday. Zahalka, was interviewed by news agency Quds Fares, said that Israel had assassinated "historical" Palestinian leaders in the past, adding that the Jewish state "often adhered to this method."