Israeli Defense Minister said that he would not be surprised of “somebody assassinates the president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani,” during the Iranian election on May 19.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that the murder of Mazen Faqha, a senior Hamas member, in the Gaza Strip in late March was an inside job, as well as added that he would “not be surprised” if one of the most ardent supporters of the fundamentalist organization, the Iranian President, is eventually assassinated by “somebody.”
“We can say with certainty that it was an internal killing,” the Haaretz newspaper quoted Lieberman, who was speaking on the Faqha’s murder.
Hamas accused Israel of the murder of its top operative Faqha, committed last month, and vowed a “divine punishment” to his assassins. Reportedly, the Palestinian liberation movement completed its internal investigation into the murder. Right after this, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported, citing the Israeli Defense Minister, that internal assassinations are characteristic of the group.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if, during the Iranian election on May 19, somebody assassinates the president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani,” Lieberman noted.
The Israeli Defense Minister did not specify his statement about the Iranian president’s potential assassination. However, it seems unlikely that Hamas would seek to kill the president of a country, which shares some parts of its ideology and helps the Palestinian cause.
On March 24, Faqha suffered four gunshot wounds to his head and, later, died in Tell al-Hama neighborhood of the Gaza Strip. Hamas launched a massive manhunt in order to detain the murder’s perpetrators.Reportedly, dozens of Palestinians were arrested and accused of collaborating with Israeli intelligence, three of them were executed in Gaza last week without any apparent direct ties to Faqha’s shooting.
On Monday, Hamas announced that a suspect in the assassination was arrested, as well as the investigation was concluded and its findings were handed over to its leader, Yahya Sinwar. However, the organization did not revealed any detail about the identity of the man, held in custody.