September 18, 2010
The Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah has printed a deck of playing cards emboldened with the faces of senior Israeli officials, in an apparent show of its promise to carry out “revenge assassinations” over the killing of one of its top officials in Damascus two years ago.
The Kuwaiti newspaper A-Rai Al-Am reported Wednesday the group was indeed preparing to avenge the assassination of Imad Moughniyah, which it has blamed on Israel. and was keeping close watch over the movements of Israel top army and government officials.
Its list of targets include Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, Mossad chief Meir Dagan and Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin, former IDF chief Dan Halutz and former prime minister Ehud Olmert, according to the report.
Hezbollah playing cards targeting top Israeli officials
The report quotes Hezbollah sources which note that the group is aware of the tight security around some of the individuals named, and notes that Dagan often travels to Mossad headquarters, which the article places in Herzliya.
The playing cards mirror those printed by the American government during its war in Iraq, to document its wanted list within Saddam Hussein’s former circle.