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Friday, February 24, 2006

Palestinian Prime Minister Will Be Assassinated

Ismail Haniyah, chosen by the militant group Hamas to serve as Palestinian prime minister, could be a target for assassination if Hamas carries out suicide bombings, a former Israeli security chief Avi Dichter said on Friday.

"I see no situation in which Haniyya enjoys immunity just because he is the prime minister," said Dichter.

"In my eyes he was and remains a terrorist, whatever he does ... If there is a terror attack and Israel decides to reply with a targeted assassination, Haniyya will be a legitimate target, because Hamas cannot carry out an attack without the leadership's consent," he told the Yediot Ahronot daily.

Avi Dichter, the architect of Israel’s policy of assassinating Palestinian militants, no longer holds a policy-making position but he wields clout within the centrist Kadima party which is expected to win a March 28 general election. He is considered as possible future defense minister.

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