Israel’s censor has publically released information that confirms Israel assassinated Khalil al-Wazir (the man on the left of Yasser Arafat in the above picture) in 1988 in Tunisia; however Israeli officials have not confirmed this. Khalil al-Wazir (also known as Abu Jihad) formed the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) with Yasser Arafat. PLO was a terrorist organization that committed numerous deadly attacks on Israel, and Al-Wazir was the “mastermind” behind the 1975 killing of 11 Israeli’s in Tel-Aviv, and a 1978 bus attack that killed 38 Israeli’s.
The information that Israel released says that two men disguised as a couple on vacation approached Al-Wazir’s home, with one appearing to be holding a box of chocolates, which was in reality concealing a gun. The man who was dressed as the female partner distracted one of Al-Wazir’s bodyguard’s by asking for directions, which led to the bodyguard being shot. A separate team killed another bodyguard and a gardener before entering Al-Wazir’s villa and killing him (remorse was felt about the shooting of the gardener, which was done to make sure there was no resistance).
It was also released that two men who were part of this plot are now high political Israeli officers- Ehud Barak is now Israel’s Defense Minister, and Moshe Yaalon is the Vice Premier.
The PLO and Israel have since come to peaceful agreements, with Palestinian individuals opposed to this “peace” continuing to lead a “campaign of violence” against Israel. With this information being released, and the attempt at peace between Israel and Palestine, Palestinians:
Hope their bid to gain upgraded observer status at the United Nations next month will enable them to join the International Criminal Court where they can “pursue Israel for its crimes against our people.”
What is odd about this public release is that Israel’s military censor’s main goal is to make sure that information that might cause a threat to national security (such as exposing tactics, agents, and intelligence) not be published.
Why did Israel publish this report – is this not a breach of national security? This might certainly cause a violent retaliation by Palestine, which would be in response to Israel’s violent retaliation, continuing the circle of attacks between these two nations. Perhaps Israel is trying to come clean so to speak with Palestine to promote good faith?
Will this uncharacteristic openness by Israel help it or hurt Israel?
Will action be taken by the ICC?