Former advisor to Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya of Hamas, Ahmad Yousef, told the Al-Sharq aL-Awsat London-based Arabic newspaper that Hamas's supreme exiled leader, Khaled Mash'aal has survived a series of Israeli assassination attempts.Yousef, who was commenting on latest Israeli threats to kill Hamas's leaders, accused some Arab regimes of helping provide information to Israel on Mash'al's whereabouts, interviews and dwelling in Syria.
Yousef confirmed that such information also included other exiled leaders of the movement such as Mash'al's deputy , Mousa Abu Marzouk.
" every Hamas official could be a potential target, yet this is a matter of God's willing", Yousef commented on latest Israeli threats to assassinate the Hamas's leaders inside and outside the Palestinian territories.
Khaled Mash'al's life was attempted on in late 1990's by Israeli intelligence agents in Amman of Jordan. He survived death after late King Hussein of Jordan intervened by bringing in the antidote for a poison poured into Mash'al's ear.
The Jordanian Monarch's intervention, led also to the release by Israel of the then late spiritual leader of Hamas, Ahmad Yassin, who was spending a life-time imprisonment. Jordan has been bound with a peace treaty with Israel since 1994.
The Israeli military has recently warned of targeting leaders of the Islamic movement of Hamas, including Prime Minister, Ismail Haniya. Hamas took power after Januaray2006's parliamentary elections and routed Fatah-loyal Palestinain Authority from Gaza, in June 2007.