Nothing like making international disputes personal, is there?
Iran is encouraging its terror allies to pursue the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s children by publishing personal information about them, including photographs of the kids lined up in crosshairs, and declaring, “We must await the hunt of Hezbollah.”
The publication of the personal information and biographies of Netanyahu’s children follows an Israeli airstrike last week that killed several key Hezbollah leaders and an Iranian commander affiliated with the country’s hardline Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
Regional experts with knowledge of the IRGC said this type of public threat is meant to intimidate the Israelis and act as a deterrent against possible military action.
“Here, we have organized a list of prominent Israeli Aghazadehs,” or children, according to the original post by the hardline Iranian website Mashregh, which has since removed the article. The Fars reproduction is still available online in Farsi.
Netanyahu’s children are acceptable targets for assassination due to their affiliation with top Israeli leaders, according to the article, which is titled, “The file of the Zionist Children.”
Apparently their mandatory 3-year military service also makes them legitimate targets for murder — in the eyes of the Iranians. The Free Beacon piece also points out that the Iranian article also specifically threatened the adult children of former prime ministers Olmert and Sharon.
Though the article doesn’t mention this, among the Hezbollah leaders killed in that raid was Jihad Mugniyeh, son of the vicious terrorist Imad Mugniyeh (1), who was killed a few years ago, probably by the Israelis. Jihad himself was following in Dad’s dirty footsteps and had become a Hezbollah officer. In a honor and revenge culture such as the one that dominates the Middle East, Iran could be making these threats to show support for its Lebanese client: “Kill the son of one of our heroes, and we’ll kill two of yours!”
But it also demonstrates the “thug mentality” at the heart of the Iranian regime. Nations in conflict play hardball with each other all the time: espionage, special operations, sabotage, &c. But the targets are agents or facilities of the enemy state, even when death results. It’s like the old cliche, “Just business, nothing personal.”
But to specifically threaten the family of an enemy leader? That’s very personal, and it’s vile and low, but sadly not surprising from a gangster regime that uses rape to terrorize its domestic opponents.
(1) Mugniyeh senior was a key player in the mass murder of our Marines and French soldiers in the 1983 Beirut bombings. I will admit to not being sorry when he went “boom.”