There is not a Palestine, at the moment, so if "Assassination is not a means of action in international relations", what was the other nation involved in the relationship with Israel? If one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter, then no nation has a right to go after anyone. including Osama bin-Laden. If it is, however, okay to go after bin-Laden, then Mahmoud al-Mabhouh is also a legitimate target. What I really don't get, however, is why killing him suddenly has convinced Kouchner that the Palestinians need a state of their own. There are plenty of good reasons to establish a Palestinian state, with internationally recognized borders, living in peace with its neighbors, but Mahmoud al-Mabhouh's death is probably the least of them.
Police arrest 18-year-old Palestinian suspected in Old City stabbing (Haaretz)
from the article: French FM: Dubai killing proves need for a Palestinian state