I think it is not meant here physical assassination; either it is character assassination, or opposition of the ProphetsMessengers of GodAllahYHWH or rejection with enmity with the intention of killing, an attempted murder might be. The Jews tried to cover this up under the following verses:
“If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, ‘Let us follow other gods’ (gods you have not known) ‘and let us worship them,’ you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. That prophet or dreamer must be put to death, because he preached rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery; he has tried to turn you from the way the Lord your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among you” (Deuteronomy 13:1-5 NIV).
“But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death.”
“You may say to yourselves, ‘How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?’ If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him” (Deuteronomy 18:20-22 NIV).
It is very unfortunate that the present Torah or the OTBible is neither the prestine secure and protected Word of GodAllahYHWH from his His mouth nor written by Moses, it is written and compiled by the scribes, so it has lost the natural balance in its teachings. The emphasis must have been on accepting the truthful ProphetsMessengers and supporting them but instead the emphasis of OTBible is on killing the false ProphetsMessengers as their hearts were hardened like stones, with the result that they tried to kill all the ProphetsMessenger to test if he was truthful or not, which on its outset was wrong.
One such example is of Jesus.
When JesusYeshuaIssa announced that he has been chosen by GodAllahYHWH to reform them and to revive the true teachings of Moses though he has brought no new teachings, the Jews depicting the same hardenened nature, instead of appreciating him and accepting him they became his enemies and conspired to kill him on Cross. It is for this that GodAllahYHWH ascribes to them the sentence “We (the Jews) have definitely killed Jesus s/o Mary”, describes their intention and desire or attitude, so it is virtual killing meant here, I think.
It is another matter that then Jesus was put on Cross and he suffered on it a lot, he became unconcious and was delivered from Cross in neardead postion, he was laid in a tomb for treatment and from near-dead position he obtained a virtual new life, so GodAllahYHWH saved his life miraculously and Jews did not succeed in their nefarious designs of killing Jesus on the Cross. From Galilee alongwith Mary Jesus went to India and died a natural and peaceful death there and is buried there in a tomb.
GodAllahYHWH has disclosed this in about 30 verses/places in Quran.
We come to the same conclusion if we make a deep study of the NTBible, in my opinion.
Anybody could differ with me , no comupulsion, but with sound reasons and arguments, please.