Liberman: Netanyahu refused opportunities to kill Haniyeh multiple times between 2016 and 2018

Israel Beytenu chair Avigdor Liberman says there were multiple opportunities to assassinate Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh during his term as defense minister between 2016 and 2018, but they were shot down by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“There were enough opportunities. Every time Netanyahu prevented it, with one excuse or another,” he says during an interview with the Kan broadcaster.

Liberman also charges that the entire general staff had a “defeatist attitude” while he was pushing for a more aggressive approach.

Haniyeh has lived in Qatar, which hosts the terror group’s political bureau, since he was replaced by Yahya Sinwar as Hamas leader in Gaza in 2017.

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