The Dubai police have announced that they plan to introduce in the coming days new evidence in the Mossad assassination of Hamas’ Mahmoud al-Mabouh that traces the crime directly to the agency and its Herziliya headquarters. When that happens, the police chief indicated he would ask Interpol to file arrest warrants for Mossad chief Meir Dagan and Bibi Netanyahu:
An insider close to the case confirmed that Mr Dagan and Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, are top of the Gulf state’s wanted list.
Gordon Thomas, in his otherwise hagiographic, simpering article spouting Mossad’s praises makes crystal clear that all assassinations are formally approved by the prime minister himself. So the chance that he can duck culpability are nonexistent. Thomas also reveals that the Mossad has only 48 personnel assigned to its assassinations team. 11 have now been publicly exposed and will never be able to play any public role in future. That would leave a fairly large hole in the program for some time unless they have recruits and trainees waiting in the wings to step in for the next hit. One wonders what will be the disguise of choice next time around. Tennis has definitely jumped the shark.
Another factor that widens the net in this crime is that the killers possessed five American-issued credit cards which they used to buy airline tickets to Dubai. It would seem that someone in the Mossad actually wanted to widen the band of nation’s implicated in the crime, thus hoping that the more countries involved the less any one of them would wish to delve too deeply into the matter. If the Obama administration was as concerned about this as it would be say, if Hamas or Hezbollah used an American credit card in the process of assassinating an Israeli, then it would allow the FBI to become involved in the case in a robust way, which would only make it more likely that we would get to the bottom of this mess of a matter. But the chances that this president has any desire to stick his hand into this hornet’s nest and stir up the Israel lobby are nil.
That rumination above about hypocrisy in our treatment of political assassins and their victims is highlighted via this interesting comment from Geoffrey Wheatcroft, who:
…Highlights a blatant double standard between the treatment of terrorists of different nationalities and hues. The word “racist” is overused, but in this context it applies all too accurately.
In other words, the nations of the world are able and willing to nod and wink at an Israeli assassination of a Hamas leader, but if the shoe were on the other foot they would be after Hamas hammer and tong. If this were an Iranian assassination we might be at war presently. What puts Israel is a separate category? And isn’t it time we treat every such assassination with the same outrage and determination to see justice done?
Two former Gazans who are affiliated with Fatah and apparently knew al-Mabouh when he lived there may have lured him to Dubai for the fatal meeting. It appears that the Palestinians were turned by the Mossad and became the catalysts for the operation. Such a development will further diminish Fatah as a viable political force since it will be seen as the source of those who betray their fellow Palestinians for a price or whatever blandishment persuaded them to become an agent of the Israelis. These suspects are probably spilling their guts to the Dubai authorities as we speak, which is likely why they speak with such authority about the new information further implicating the Mossad to come out in coming days.
The circus continues. This entire episode makes you long for the days when British-born Ephraim Halevy ran Mossad and it could be counted on to have some semblance of constraint, caution, and compunction. All that has flown to the winds by the imperious Dagan who was advised by the Israeli PM who appointed him to perform the job with a “knife in his teeth.” Sounds like he’d read too many pirate stories.
One can only hope that the perspective of this report from the Guardian turns out to be true:
The Dubai assassination…may yet turn out to be far more damaging – not least because the political and diplomatic context has changed in the last decade. Israel’s reputation has suffered an unprecedented battering, reaching a new low during last year’s Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip. “In the current climate, the traces left behind in Dubai are likely to lead to very serious harm to Israel’s international standing,” the former diplomat Alon Liel commented yesterday.
One indication of such a development is this story, which can’t make the Israeli government happy. Bernard Kouchner, France’s foreign ministry is using the killing as proof positive of the immediate need for an independent Palestinian state. I hear an echo of a recently shelved EU initiative which would have done precisely that. Reopening this plan would be a most welcome result of the botched Dubai murder.
I’m thinking of establishing an award for most sycophantic pro-Mossad media puff piece of the day. Today’s award definitely goes to this one from Haaretz which is puerile in every possible way. Not only that, it strives to find a silver lining in every cloud including this one which bizarrely claims the photographs of the Mossad agents revealed by the Dubai police might not be those of the real agents:
…There is no guarantee that those photographs actually show their real faces.
Wha? Did they all have plastic surgery before the operation or will they all have plastic surgery now? Whose faces are they? And what are Issacharoff and Harel talking about? It makes the whole caper into even more of a bad Hollywood spy thriller than it already is. And to think that I once admired Ami Issacharoff because he stood next to a Palestinian home during a settler melee to ensure the family inside wouldn’t be incinerated by the pogromists. His new Haaretz blog, by the way, is aptly entitled the MESS Report.
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