Israel will pursue Hamas in Lebanon, Turkey and Qatar, even if it takes years, the head of Israel’s Shin Bet security agency, Ronen Bar, said in a recording broadcast on Sunday by Israeli public broadcaster Kan.
Reuters notes that it is not known when Bar recorded the statement and to whom he addressed it.
Bar: this is our Munich
– The government has set our goal to eliminate Hamas. This is our Munich. We will do it everywhere: in Gaza, in the West Bank, in… LebanonTurkey and Qatar. It will take years, but we will be there to do it, he said.
When recalling Munich, Bar had the reaction in mind Israel for the murder of 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team during the 1972 games. At that time, the Palestinian group Black September was responsible for the murders. After those events, Israel conducted a several-year campaign to eliminate the agents of this organization and the organizers of the attack.
Now Israel announces the liquidation of Hamas after its fighters entered the country on October 7, killing 1,200 people and taking about 240 hostages.
According to the Gaza Strip’s Ministry of Health, more than 15,500 people have been killed since the beginning of the Israeli offensive.
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