February 23 2010
Four more suspects identified with forged passports
UAE Foreign Minister asks other nations to condemn Israel
al Jazeera is reporting in iths electronic (English) edition today the identification of four more suspects in the killing of Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh, who was found dead in a luxury hotel in Dubai on January 20. This time the passports were from Britain and Ireland. Both countries have made it clear, as has the European Community (EU) that they believe Mossad, the Israeli version of Murder Inc. was involved.
BBC, in its edition today indicated, " At least 15 people using European passports have been identified as suspects in the case.
The British Foreign Office has confirmed it has received information from the UAE about another two suspects carrying British passports, bringing the total number of British passports used to eight.
The Irish Foreign Ministry has said it too has been informed about two more suspects who used Irish passports with genuine numbers but fake names and photographs.
A total of five Irish identities were used.
Dubai authorities had already released the identities of 11 people who travelled under the false passports. French and German identities, as well as British and Irish ones, were used.
The UK government denies it had any prior knowledge of the fake British passports being used, although shadow foreign secretary William Hague said it was "entirely possible" the government had been alerted. "
Some Israeli ndews outlets had brief notes on the incident as well.
Ha'aretz, in Tuesday editions, said, "The Mabhouh case has knocked the bottom out of the argument that Israel will be safer if the worst of the freed terrorists are exiled to Damascus as part of a deal for Shalit. The huge effort put into assassinating Mabhouh in Dubai and the diplomatic and security risks - surely calculated ones - taken by whoever did it are indications of the man's standing in the world of terrorism. Exile, it transpires, can be an ideal hothouse for breeding arch-terrorists." It is possible that Mossad killed the one man that could have forced the release of the young soldier, Shalit, taken during the Israeli invasion of Gaza months ago. The irony of that possibility is too huge to ponder right now.
The Israeli government, by the way, has refused to either admit or deny its involvement, saying they maintain an 'obtuse' policy in that regard. Some would call it needed, others would call it insulting; just as some will justify the murder while others will call it assassination.
The Jerusalem Post had a longer article than most and discussed primarily how the EU at its monthly meeting condemned the use of the forged passports, but refrained from condemning Israel. Israeli foreign minister Libermen attended the brussles meetings, and discussed the issues privately with several fellow FM's.
British Foreign Secretary Miliband was more direct than others, as the J-Post reprted, “It’s vital that relations between states are conducted on a basis that is clear and transparent,” Miliband said. “It’s also important to say that Israel – in some ways above all countries – has the most to gain from a Middle East that is based on the rule of law and that’s why I think that it’s right to take these issues to the highest level in Israel.” Others were not so kind or direct.
This story still has a while to run before the public, hopefully, forgets it and gets on with other matters. However, the length of its existence is squarely on the shoulders of the Israeli Government. They could end it anytime with the truth if they are involved. Don't hold your breath waiting.