The Polish court of appeals announced that the accused Mossad agent using the alias Uri Brodsky, will be tried in Germany for helping prepare an official passport for another agent, alias Michael Bodenheimer, who participated in the assassination plot against Hamas operative, Mahmoud al-Mabouh. He will be sent packing to Germany within the next ten days.
What is especially disturbing and ironic is that both Brodsky and Bodenheimer exploited German laws which allow family of Holocaust survivors to obtain German citizenship and travel documents on an expedited basis. They claimed that Bodenheimer’s family were Holocaust victims when nothing of the sort was true.
The ADL is very quick to castigate those who abuse the Holocaust for partisan political purposes. What about Israeli spy agencies who do so? Apparently, to the Mossad there is nothing sacred and there are no red lines or scruples that bar certain actions as long as the goal is, in its view, in Israel’s interest. That includes jeopardizing relations with several major western allies, the ejection of Mossad station chiefs from several of these countries, and placing in danger Israeli dual nationals whose identities were “appropriated” as part of the fraud leading up to the Dubai killing.
Now, the first chicken has come home to roost. Brodsky (not his real name) made the mistake of trying to visit Poland, where he was apprehended on a German arrest warrant. Despite his appeal of deportation and Israel’s insistence that its citizen should not be deported to Germany for prosecution, Poland has turned down his appeal and he will shortly be shipped back to Germany for a reckoning with justice.
I recently reported here that the Mossad stole the identity of an actual Israeli citizen with the genuine name Uri Brodetzki. The real Brodetzki appears, according to his parents to be student living in San Francisco. The family is none too happy with the Mossad placing their son’s life in jeopardy from any Hamas sympathizer who mistakes him for one of al-Mabouh’s killers. Gee, maybe the Mossad shoulda thought of that before they lifted their own nationals travel documents for their nefarious purposes.
Der Spiegel is reporting the unwelcome news that Germany may not be able to try Brodsky for espionage and may have to settle for a mild charge that would carry a fine as a sentence. Poland apprehended him only on a charge of forging fake travel documents for his trip there. And because Poland is extraditing him only on those charges, Germany may only try him for this offense, but not for the original, much graver one of abetting Bodenheimer’s participation in the Dubai killing.
One has to ask whether Israel’s lobbying of Poland not to extradite him resulted in Poland setting up this sweetheart deal which would essentially result in Brodsky facing no jail time and not being tried for his role in one of the most heinous and botched violations of national sovereignty by the Mossad in its history:
The Israeli government…will be delighted. An espionage trial in Germany of all places would put the embarrassing Mossad assassination back in the headlines. The targeted killings of Hamas functionaries is uncontroversial in Israel. Yet the government is eager to avoid further attention on the Mossad’s bumbling attack in Dubai.
The aftermath in Germany, however, might be just as embarrassing. Many will wonder how a suspect in a murder case can escape with just a fine.
Will “Brodsky” disappear from Germany, slip back into Israel and recede into the annals of failed spycraft? Or will he be the first bell tolling in the unraveling of this plot with embarrassing world-wide repercussions?