Israeli official calls for killing Palestinian leaders

Alaturka Amerika ABD Haberleri

<p>By Abdelraouf Arnaout</p> <p>JERUSALEM (AA) – Israel should revive its policy of assassinating Palestinian resistance leaders, Israeli Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev said Monday after Gaza-based resistance groups allegedly fired several rockets into Israeli territory.</p> <p>“We must return to the policy of targeted assassinations,” Regev was quoted as saying by Israeli Army Radio.</p> <p>Earlier Monday, seven Israelis were reportedly injured by rocket fire emanating from the blockaded Gaza Strip, according to Israeli officials. </p> <p>There have been no claims of responsibility from Palestinian resistance groups, including Hamas, which has governed the coastal enclave since 2007. </p> <p>According to Israeli media reports, the army deployed two additional brigades along the Gaza-Israel buffer zone — while calling up fresh reservists from its air-defense units — in the immediate wake of the rocket barrage. </p> <p>The Israeli authorities have also closed Gaza’s Erez (Beit Hanoun) and Kerem Shalom border crossings until further notice. </p> <p>Following Monday’s alleged rocket attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would cut short his visit to the U.S. — where he arrived early Monday — and return to Israel. </p> <p>He also vowed to “respond with great force” against Hamas, holding the group responsible for the alleged rocket barrage.</p>