Collateral Damage

In the wake of an international outcry over the 15 Palestinian civilians Israel killed in the process of assassinating senior Hamas leader Sheik Salah Shehadah last week, Israeli leaders said they wouldn't have dropped the one-ton bomb on his Gaza hideout if they had known the result in advance. But given Shehadah's recent achievements, it is clear why Israeli security officials wanted him gone. Palestinian officials and Israeli security sources tell TIME the 49-year-old Gazan had transformed Hamas' terror operations over the past year. From Gaza, Shehadah used e-mail and cell-phone text messages to rebuild West Bank terror cells destroyed by...

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