Exerts Right to Hunt Down Murderers, Sharon Says
(IFM) In his first public statement since the Israel Defense Forces
operation against Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon said that, "Israel has done away with the top
leader of Palestinian terrorist murderers," MA’ARIV
reported. Speaking at a meeting of the Likud Knesset faction,
Sharon said: "Yassin’s ideological essence was a single-minded
determination to murder Jews wherever they may be and destroy
the state of Israel. This mass murderer stood in the top rank
of the people of Israel’s arch-enemies."
war against terror is not over and it will continue every day,
everywhere," Sharon said. "This is a tough war in which
all the nations of the free world understand they must take part.
It is the right of the Jewish people, like any other, to hunt
down those who aspire to eradicate it."
of Defense Shaul Mofaz said: "The so-called ‘Sheikh’ Yassin
was the leader of terror. He was the Palestinian Bin Laden and
his hands were soaked in the blood of hundreds of Israelis".
Mofaz added that, "Yassin sent his murderers to some of the
biggest terror attacks. His assassination is part of the Israeli
government’s policy in the war against Hamas, and that war will
Sheikh Ahmed Yassin
(IFM) Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, who was born in 1936 in Gaza City,
founded the Hamas terrorist organization in 1988 and served its
spiritual leader henceforth, MA’ARIV reported. Yassin spent
most of his life paralyzed, from the neck down, as the result
of a sports injury when he was 12. In the 1970s, after becoming
a Moslem cleric, Yassin founded a branch of the Islamic Brotherhood
in the Gaza Strip, which was mostly involved in welfare activities
and was approved by Israel, as a legal organization. In 1984,
he was sentenced to 13 years in prison for purchasing weapons
for use against Israel and for setting up a terrorist organization.
He was released after only one year, in a prisoner exchange with
the Palestinian Popular Front. When the Intifada began in 1987,
Yassin’s organization was reincarnated as Hamas. In October 1991,
an Israeli court convicted and sentenced him to life imprisonment
for the establishment of Hamas and for his responsibility in terrorist
activities, including the kidnap-murder of two soldiers. He was
released as a gesture to Jordan and in order to obtain the repatriation
of Israeli security personnel.
release, Yassin continued to organize and support terrorist activities
and in 1998, he raised several million dollars from across the
Arab world for use by Hamas. During the early stages of the current
wave of Palestinian violence, Yassin was behind a series of attacks
on Israel. He rejected every attempt for negotiation with Israel
and was ultimately considered “sentenced to death”.
In September 2003, he narrowly escaped a failed attempt by Israel
to kill him.