Friday, June 30, 2006

Israel to Hamas: Free Soldier or PM Dies

The plot thickens in Gaza as Israel decides to play hardball and the Palistinians, as do all bullies, cry foul when the tables are turned.

Israel warns: free soldier or PM dies
Middle East correspondent Martin Chulov
July 01, 2006


ISRAEL last night threatened to assassinate Palestinian Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh if Hamas militants did not release a captured Israeli soldier unharmed.

The unprecedented warning was delivered to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a letter as Israel debated a deal offered by Hamas to free Corporal Gilad Shalit.

It came as Israeli military officials readied a second invasion force for a huge offensive into Gaza.

Hamas's Gaza-based political leaders, including Mr Haniyeh, had already gone into hiding.

But last night's direct threat to kill Mr Haniyeh, a democratically elected head of state, sharply raised the stakes.

Read the rest of the story at THE AUSTRALIAN -- NEWS




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