Liberman says Netanyahu prevented targeted killings of Hamas leaders


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Liberman says Netanyahu prevented targeted killings of Hamas leaders
Finance minister also notes ex-PM was the one who freed Yahya Sinwar in Shalit deal; Netanyahu tweets: ‘Under Bennett Hamas feel weakness and grow bold’
By TOI staff

Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman, head of the Yisrael Beytenu party, said Saturday that former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu had shot down proposals to target Hamas leaders for assassination during his time as premier. Speaking to Channel 12, Liberman noted that Netanyahu was the one who approved the release of the terror group’s current leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, as part of the prisoner exchange deal for Gilad Shalit back in 2011.

Netanyahu “was the one who prevented any attempt to kill the heads of Hamas,” the minister who once served as defense minister under Netanyhu said. Sinwar had spent decades in an Israeli prison after being convicted in 1989 of conducting the kidnapping and execution of two Israeli soldiers. He was known by his Israeli interrogators as “the Butcher from Khan Younis” due to his enthusiastic execution of Palestinians alleged to have collaborated with Israel.

In response, Netanyahu’s Twitter account wrote that he had instructed on the killing of top Hamas leader Ahmaed Jabari in 2012, and had ordered Operation Guardian of the Walls extended in an effort to kill Sinwar and Mohammed Deif, the head of Hamas’s military wing.