The Straits Times
Published on Dec 09, 2012

Israel should have killed Hamas leader in Gaza: Party chief


JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel should have taken advantage of exiled Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal's first visit to the Gaza Strip to kill him, opposition MP and Kadima party leader Shaul Mofaz said on Saturday.

"We should have taken advantage of the occasion to slice the head off the serpent. Meshaal deserves to die," Mr Mofaz, also a former defence minister, said in a statement.

"I would recommend that he pack his bags as quickly as possible and get out of Gaza," he added.

"If Israel continues to weaken Abu Mazen (Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas) and does not deal firmly with Hamas, we will soon see Meshaal in Judaea and Samaria," Mr Mofaz said, referring to the Westbank.