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November 20, 2006
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An Israeli Cabinet minister called for Hamas political leaders to be killed. Avigdor Lieberman, a rightist who was recently made Israel’s strategic affairs minister, said in an interview Saturday that the leadership of Hamas, which runs the Palestinian Authority government, should be “cleared out, sent to heaven” in response to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. Speaking on Israel Radio, Lieberman also said P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas, seen as comparatively moderate, is “irrelevant.”

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