Mossad instructed to target Hamas 'wherever they are'

Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant said Hamas leaders 'are living on borrowed time'


The Palestinian Hamas movement's leader Ismail Haniyeh speaks at a public rally during his visit to the southern Lebanese city of Saida, on June 26, 2022. (Photo by MAHMOUD ZAYYAT / AFP) (Photo by MAHMOUD ZAYYAT/AFP via Getty Images)

(JNS) Israel’s Mossad national intelligence agency has orders to assassinate the top leadership of Hamas anywhere in the world, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed on Wednesday.

At a joint press conference in Tel Aviv with War Cabinet members Defence Minister Yoav Gallant and minister-without-portfolio Benny Gantz, the premier said that he had instructed the Mossad to target the heads of Hamas “wherever they are.”

Gallant said that the terror organisation’s leaders “are living on borrowed time. The struggle is worldwide: From gunmen in the field to those who are enjoying luxury jets while their emissaries are acting against women and children—they are destined to die.”

For his part, Gantz stated last week that Israel would kill Hamas leaders responsible for the October 7 massacre “in Gaza and around the world.”

“There will be no sanctuary cities, no sanctuary houses. We will go wherever we need to in order to eradicate child murderers—above and below ground, in Gaza and around the world,” the former defense minister and IDF chief declared in a press statement delivered in Tel Aviv.

“We will reach the heads of [the Hamas] government just as we reached the centre of [that] government,” said Gantz.

The Hamas leaders on Israel’s radar include the terrorist organization’s politburo head, Ismail Haniyeh, chief in Gaza Yahya Sinwar, “military wing” commander Mohammed Deif, deputy commander Marwan Issa and Judea and Samaria commander Saleh al-Arouri, and former politburo chief Khaled Mashaal.

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