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03/22/04 - Tyler

Local Reaction to the Assassination of Hamas Founder

The killing of Hamas founder "Sheikh Ahmed Yassin" is drawing praise and criticism from people around the world. No doubt, many are glad the Islamic militant leader is dead. But even they disagree on whether Israel acted in its best interest, or the interests of the rest of the world.

One such person is local Rabbi, Shlomo Shechter. Shechter was born in Israel and served in the Israeli Security Force before coming to the U.S. in 1964. He has family in Israel and friends who are still working for Israeli security.

"There is no question in my mind that he deserved that. The question of whether it will be effective, whether other families will suffer, as an end result of that action...I feel very sad about that," said Shechter. 

Shechter had firsthand experience with victims of Hamas killings, when he was a security official.

"Too many families did I have to go in and consult and comfort and talk, after one of the families was killed. The killing has to stop, notwithstanding the fact that he deserved what he got," said Shechter.

The killing probably won't stop, given the new threats of retaliation made by Palestinian militants. But Shechter says Israelis are, more or less, moving on with their lives as usual.

"People are used to it," said Shechter. 

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