February 25, 2010
Met in January to authorize killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai City in Early January
Ha'aretz is reporting in today's editions that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu authorized the killing of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in early January at Mossad HQ. If true, this is the first direct confirmation of Mossad involvement in what has not become an international tempest in a teapot--particularly over the use of forged passports.
Meanwhile, the EU is still speaking out, saying that events are unfolding that may hurt Israel in its relationships with the EU and its members over time. The passport issue is yet another incudent that is causing friction since the invasion of Gaza. read that story here.
In other news, the Jerusalem Post is reporting on Australian problems with Israel earlier concerning another passport-related effort in which the Australian Government warned the Israeli ambassdor not to have the Mossad involved in falsifying Australian passports. Quoting the Australian--an Aussie media outlet, the story comes out that the Australians were warned by the Palestinian Representative in Australia that Mossad was active.
"The Australian quoted Ali Kazak as saying that he had warned the Howard government of the problem back in 2004, and that he had been "vindicated by confirmation that cloned Australian passports" had been used in the assassination of Hamas terrorist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.
"I told you but you didn't act on the warning," he was quoted as saying. "And you've put Australian lives at risk."
He added that he was sure that Mossad agents had killed the Hamas operative. "Yesterday the Israeli members of parliament were praising the head of Mossad for what he did - for assassinating the Hamas leader in Dubai," Kazak said.
Read the whole story here.
This is turning into a real mess. Israel is already trying to reduce the impact by feeding stories that intelligence work continues as usual despite the actions in Dubai. yet, the US is particularly silent this time, since it normally rushes to Israel's defense. perhaps they are taking a wait-and-see attitude.