Israel’s Mossad Chief: Every October 7 Terrorist Is A Dead Man

UPDATES INSTRUCTIONS - Israeli soldiers show the media an underground tunnel found underneath Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023. Israel says that Hamas militants sought cover on the grounds of the hospital and used the tunnel for military purposes. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

In a bold and unprecedented move, Mossad Director David Barnea hinted at Israeli involvement in the death of Hamas Deputy Chief Saleh al-Arouri.

Speaking at the funeral of former Mossad Chief Zvi Zamir, Barnea alluded to al-Arouri’s death, stating that “any Arab mother should know that if their son was a partner to the slaughter of October 7, his blood is in his own hands.”

Many were surprised by Barnea’s statement, as Israel has not publicly taken credit for the killing and is likely trying to avoid retaliation by Hezbollah. However, half a day after the killing, with no retaliation from Hezbollah, Israeli officials may have been feeling more confident.

Barnea made it clear that the Mossad is in the midst of a war, and is obligated to settle the score with those responsible for the Gaza corridor invasion on October 7. He vowed to go after both planners and messengers, stating, “our long arm will reach them in any place that they may be.”

It’s worth noting that al-Arouri’s death comes just a few weeks before the anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah military leader Imad Mughniyeh. Israel has long been suspected of being behind that killing, which occurred in 2008.

The timing of al-Arouri’s killing could raise tensions in the already volatile region, as Hezbollah may feel the need to retaliate. It’s unclear what the repercussions of such retaliation could be, but it’s likely that it would only lead to further violence and instability.