'US pursues assassination strategy'*
May 3, 2011
Former Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz
Former Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz says the United States has adopted Tel Aviv's policy of targeted assassinations in the killing of al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden.
Mofaz said in an interview with Israeli radio on Tuesday that Washington's decision to kill bin Laden rather than try him in a court of law justified the former policy that Tel Aviv implemented against Palestinians that included killing Hamas and other senior Palestinian officials.
He also called on Tel Aviv to increase targeted killings of Palestinian leaders, claiming that the strategy has been successful in curtailing their activities.
Mofaz currently heads the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
The death of bin Laden was announced by US President Barack Obama late Sunday.
The US president said that American forces killed the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 attacks in a firefight in Pakistan's Abbottabad.
The report of bin Laden's death comes while former Pakistani Premier Benazir Bhutto said in a 2007 interview following a failed assassination attempt on her that the al-Qaeda leader was "murdered" years ago.
In response to a question whether any of the assassins had links with the government, Bhutto said, "Yes but one of them is a very key figure in security, he is a former military officer … and had dealings with Omar Sheikh, the man who murdered Osama bin Laden."