Israel has denied that on Saturday the Mossad committed the murder of a Palestinian scientist in Malaysia.
Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh, 35, was shot dead in a suburb of Kuala Lumpur on the way to dawn by motorcycle shooters in his local mosque. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has rejected proposals that Israel is involved, the BBC reported.
Hamas – the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip – has admitted that Batsh is a member of the group. On Israeli radio, Lieberman claimed that Batsh was involved in rocket production and suggested that the killing should be between competing militant groups.
acknowledged that the dead scientist was a member. An autopsy will be carried out on Batsh, who has lived in Malaysia for 10 years and worked as a lecturer in electrical engineering. Journalist Ronen Bergman said Batsh is part of one of Hamas' most secretive units involved in the development of advanced weapons.
"There is a tradition among terrorist organizations to hold Israel responsible for any case of settling accounts," said Lieberman. "The man was not a saint, and billing between terrorist groups and different factions is something we see all the time," he continued. "I suppose that was the case here as well."
No arrests were made, but the Malaysian police have released computer-generated photos of the two suspects, described as tall, fair skinned, and probably of European or Middle Eastern origin. Police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said a task force had been set up to investigate the murder and urged people not to draw any conclusions about the motive.
Tensions between Israel and Hamas are high after weeks of protests along the Gaza border fence. Palestinian protesters demand the right of return for refugees and their descendants, who fled or were forced to leave their homes after Israel's founding in 1948. Since the protests began on March 30, dozens have been killed and hundreds injured. 19659002] The Mossad has been accused of murdering several Palestinian militants and scientists in the past, and such operations are seldom confirmed.
Hamas accused the Mossad of murdering drone expert Mohamed Zouari in Tunisia in 2010. Zouari was ambushed in his car and killed by gunmen with silenced pistols. Zouari was also accused of working for Hamas aboard drones. After the attack, hackers deleted security shots from a nearby restaurant. 
Baths and Zouari's death may point to a shift in Mossad's strategy, targeting more high-tech weapons experts become. In the past, most suspected Hamas members were senior military commanders. Director Yossi Cohen has already demonstrated the importance of cutting-edge technology for the organization, having set up a Mossad-operated start-up investment fund.
In 2010, senior Hamas militant Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was murdered in Dubai hotel room. Mabhouh was one of the founders of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the group. An investigation revealed at least 11 alleged Mossad members who had persecuted Mabhuh shortly before his death. People traveled to Dubai for fake or fraudulently received western passports.
Scientists involved in the Iranian nuclear program were regularly targeted by assassins. Four people were killed and injured in bombing and weapons attacks in Tehran between 2010 and 2012, when Israel tried to stem Iranian nuclear research. There were suggestions that Israel worked with Iranian dissident groups to organize the killings.