A video released last week presents a documentation of the final days of Hamas
military chief Ahmed Jabari.
The assassination of Jabari, who was one of the people behind the abduction of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit,
was the starting point of Operation Pillar of Defense.
|Final documentation of Ahmed Jabari in Mecca|
Shortly prior to the assassination, the Hamas military chief was documented during a secret visit to Saudi Arabia, as part of the Muslim pilgrimage custom known as Hajj, in late October.
Jabari is featured in the short clip as he is praying, asking Allah to take revenge on Jews and Americans. "Allah, bring victory to those supporting this religion and inflict defeat on those who have abandoned this religion," Jabari is recorded saying, asking Allah to "take revenge on the Jews and take revenge on the Americans."
A few days after Jabari's death, his widow Umm Mohammed said that the three most important things to him – to maintain a strong military, to resolve the issue of Palestinian
prisoners in Israel and to practice the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca – were realized.
Jabari's widow added that upon his return from Mecca, her husband brought presents to all his friends and neighbors, as if he knew these would be the last souvenirs they would have of him.
"I went down to the market with him and saw how he wanted to give gifts to each acquaintance and relative. He didn’t forget a single one," she recalled.
Jabari was assassinated on November 14 in the Gaza Strip. Immediately following the assassination, the IDF struck terror hubs as part of Operation Pillar of Defense, which lasted eight days.
Roi Kais contributed to this report