Avoiding Hypocrisy on Bin Laden

MK Shaul Mofaz praises the targeted killing of Osama Bin Laden and suggests the U.S. not criticize Israel for similar action in the future.

Chana Ya'ar , | updated: 3:58 PM

Osama Bin Laden
Osama Bin Laden
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Former IDF chief of staff and foreign minister Shaul Mofaz has some advice for the United States, now that international al Qaeda terror chief Osama Bin Laden is dead.

Following Bin Laden's assassination last weekend by U.S. special forces in Pakistan, Mofaz has suggested the U.S. refrain in future from criticizing Israel for taking similar action.

Mofaz, currently head of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, added he would like to see targeted killings used more often.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu praised the U.S. for its determined war on terror, calling the successful operation a “resounding victory for justice.”

In the past, U.S. leaders and international heads of state have frequently criticized Israel when it has eliminated terrorists responsible for major attacks against its citizens.

One of the most recent examples of such criticism came after the January 2010 targeted killing of senior Hamas terrorist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, one of the group's founders and its top weapons buyer.

Israel was vilified by numerous countries around the world for the killing, although its foreign intelligence agency, the Mossad, has neither confirmed nor denied any connection with the operation. 

Two Israeli diplomats were expelled from London over the incident, due to claims by Dubai police the Mossad used forged British passports to carry out the assassination.

Other UK and commonwealth members who expelled Israeli diplomats over the issue included Ireland and Australia.

Several terrorist cells in Gaza, including a number linked to the ruling Hamas terrorist organization, have ties to al-Qaeda, according to a U.S. document leaked earlier this year by WikiLeaks.

Moreover, Bin Laden and his senior commanders have repeated expressed their support for the Palestinian Authority Arabs, particularly PA groups who dedicate themselves to the destruction of Israel.

One report from the U.S. prison on Guantanamo Bay revealed a senior al-Qaeda terrorist incarcerated at the facility raised funds for attacks on Israeli and Jewish targets.