Israel says new Palestinian Hamas leaders could be subject to targeted killings Jeannie Shawl at 9:57 AM ET
[JURIST] Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz [official profile] said Tuesday that Israel would consider resorting to targeted killings of Hamas leaders if the group resumes attacks in Israel. Hamas [ICT backgrounder], regarded by much of the international community to be a terrorist group, took control of the Palestinian Legislative Council [official website] this week after a surprise victory [JURIST report] in January's elections. Mofaz said that if Hamas "chooses the path of terror," its leaders would be considered a "terrorist leadership" and no one would be immune from targeted assassinations [BBC backgrounder], even Prime Minister-designate Ismail Haniyeh.
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