A video published Wednesday by a Hamas-affiliated news site threatens to kill senior Israeli defense officials in revenge for the killing of a senior Hamas terrorist last week.
One after the other, the video shows the Israelis through the crosshairs of a sniper’s scope, followed by a short message across a black screen in both Hebrew and Arabic, reading “we will act in kind.”
Those threatened include Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, IDF Chief-of-Staff Gadi Eisenkot, Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman, Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, IDF deputy chief-of-staff Aviv Kochavi, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, and the commander of the new Oz commando brigade Col. David Zini.
The video was publicized by the Gaza-based Shehab News Agency and is believed to be in response to the assassination of senior Hamas terrorist Mazen Faqha last week. It was apparently made by Hamas members.
While Israel has not acknowledged any involvement in the killing, the terrorist group insists that the murder has the Jewish state’s fingerprints on it.
Faqha, who was jailed for life by Israel for organizing a 2002 suicide bombing that killed 9 Israelis, was released in the 2011 prisoner swap that freed IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.
He was believed to be responsible for terror cells that Hamas’s militant wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, were trying to run in the West Bank.
In a speech broadcast at a memorial service in Gaza for Faqha, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal stated that “Israel decided to change the rules of the game, and we accept the challenge,”
“The Zionist occupier took from us a great hero and for this we will not sit quietly,” he added.
Dov Lieber contributed to this report.