PM, Gallant weren’t informed of plan to strike Haniyeh’s sons ahead of time – source

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Defense Minister Yoav Gallant were made aware of the plan to carry out a strike on Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh’s sons ahead of time and it wasn’t discussed by the war cabinet, an Israeli source tells The Times of Israel.

As a result of the strike, the ongoing negotiations for a temporary truce in the fighting and the release of the 129 hostages still held by Hamas in Gaza may be jeopardized, the official says, adding that it’s still too early to know the full implications.

The official says that there has been some suspicion among allies that Netanyahu ordered the strike to undermine the hostage talks, but that such allegations are false.

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