Israel Planned to Assassinate Saddam Hussein in 1992

(December 16, 2003)

IDF Special Forces had plans to assassinate Saddam Hussein in 1992. Special Forces trained to assassinate Saddam in an operation that would have landed commandos in Iraq and fired missiles at him during his father-in-law's funeral. The plan was called off after five soldiers were killed in a training exercise, in which a dummy missile was replaced with a real missile. Ephraim Sneh, formerly Minister of Transportation and a sitting member of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in 1992, said that the late-Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin had ordered the operation. Critics warned that the plan, whether successful or not, could bring an Iraqi biological weapons attack on Israel.

Israeli military censors had censored the story until Saddam's capture by U.S. forces. IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon called the release of the story "irresponsible."

Source: Haaretz, (December 16, 2003)