“Israel repeatedly urged Gaza’s rulers to stop Baha Abu al-Ata, but was ignored. Hamas was betting Israel wouldn’t dare eliminate him and risk a new conflict. It was wrong”

Hamas let PIJ terror chief act with impunity; now it needs to control the flames
by Avi Issacharoff
November 12, 2019

Responsibility for the IDF’s elimination of Baha Abu al-Ata, the commander of the Islamic Jihad terror group’s military wing, lies entirely with one group: Hamas. Gaza’s Hamas rulers were ostensibly completely uninvolved in the relentless confrontation mounted by Abu al-Ata and his colleagues against Israel. But its persistent refusal to intervene, its determined ignoring of Israel’s warnings regarding Abu al-Ata’s central role in firing rockets at Israel and planning terror attacks, eventually led to an inevitable outcome: The Gaza-based serial troublemaker was eliminated along with his wife at their home in Shejaiya in an Israeli strike early on Tuesday morning. READ MORE

JERUSALEM POST Yaakov Katz: The Gaza strike and what it means for Iran, Hamas and Gantz The early morning Israeli airstrike on Tuesday that killed a top Islamic Jihad commander in the Gaza Strip carried with it a number of messages addressed to Hamas, Iran and Syria. Just minutes after the Air Force bombed the home of Islamic Jihad’s Baha Abu al-Ata in Gaza, killing him and his wife, another explosion took place in Damascus at the home of the deputy head of Islamic Jihad, whose headquarters are located in the Syrian city.  Israel did not take credit for the Damascus bombing, and it was unclear whether Akram al-Ajouri was killed or wounded in the strike.

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