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'Israel benefited Rafiq Hariri murder'
Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:53AM
Major General Amos Yadlin
The former head of Israel's Military Intelligence says Israel benefited from the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.
Major General Amos Yadlin said on Wednesday that Israel has been able to launch more than one operation in Lebanon following Hariri's killing.
In 2005, Hariri was killed in a massive car bombing in the capital city of Beirut.
He also admitted that Tel Aviv carried out the terror assassination of Hezbollah's commander Imad Mughniyeh in Syria two years ago.
The former official noted that Israel restored a huge number of espionage networks inside Lebanon and managed to assassinate Mughniyeh through the very same spy rings.
Yadlin claimed Mughniyeh's murder helped Israel enter a new stage in its conflict with Hezbollah, adding that the Israeli Military Intelligence should proceed with such plans in Lebanon.
Earlier reports had revealed that chief of Israeli spy agency Mossad Meir Dagan personally planned the assassination at orders by former Israeli premier Ehud Olmert.
Mughniyeh, who was one of the most prominent Hezbollah figures, was assassinated in a car bomb explosion in the Syrian capital on February 12, 2008.
Hezbollah held the Israeli regime responsible for the assassination of Mughniyeh, but the regime's officials at the time denied having any role in the assassination.
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