Report: Shin Bet’s Repeated Attempts to Approve Strike on Sinwar Vetoed

By Yoni Weiss

Supporters of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar protest outside his home in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, in 2022. (Attia Muhammed/Flash90)

Since his release in the Gilad Shalit exchange deal back in 2011, there have been multiple attempts by the Shin Bet to gain government approval for a strike on Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar, as reported by Yediot Acharonot on Thursday.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reportedly vetoed such actions five times to prevent escalating tensions with Hamas.

Even during Naftali Bennett’s candidacy, the idea was actively explored. Following a terror attack in Elad in May 2022, the Shin Bet proposed another plan for Sinwar’s assassination, but the IDF opposed it. Then-Defense Minister Benny Gantz was also against the strike, believing that Hamas was deterred.

While the report doesn’t cite a specific source, it suggests the Shin Bet placing responsibility on the political leadership.

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