Source: Asia Times
Israel has distanced itself from allegations that it was responsible for al-Batsh’s death. Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has deflected blame and suggested the killing resulted from infighting between rival militant groups within the Palestinian leadership.
Mossad, Israel’s notorious spy agency, is believed to have assassinated Palestinian, Arab and Iranian scientists in the past, though it rarely confirms such operations.
Malaysia’s government has long been sympathetic to the Palestinian cause and does not have formal diplomatic ties with Israel. Prime Minister Najib Razak was the first non-Arab head of state to visit Gaza in 2013, as a guest of Hamas.
He also led rallies at home last year opposing US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Hamas, regarded as a terrorist organization by the United States and European Union, has dispatched a delegation to Malaysia to meet with government authorities and police officials to monitor the investigation.
Haniyeh accused Israel of intending to “destroy the mainstays of development and science” through a campaign of overseas assassinations.