You’ve probably read the posts I wrote earlier this week about the Mossad assassination of Mohammed al-Zoari in Tunisia. Israeli politicians and journalists have strongly hinted at Mossad’s culpability. Tunisian authorities have been more forceful in blaming an Israeli assassination squad for the murder. This is at least the second such murder under Yossi Cohen’s watch as agency chief.
The first hit was last year in Bulgaria. There Cohen engineered the killing of Omar Nayef Zayed, who had murdered an Israeli settler in 1986 and later escaped Israel and found refuge in the eastern European nation. There he ran a grocery store, married and had children. As I reported earlier at Mint Press News, Yossi Cohen is reported to have been chief of European operations for Mossad during the period of Zayed’s escape. I suggested that the murder was Cohen’s form of payback, warning both Palestinians and his own personnel that he is a tough son of a bitch who “always gets his man.”
After Zayed was beaten and thrown to his death from a fourth floor window in the Palestinian embassy in Sofia, the authorities there immediately rushed to exonerate themselves of any responsibility for his death. They suggested that Zayed, despondent after seeking refuge in the embassy to escape extradition to Israel, and finding no likelihood of escaping his fate, committed suicide. That seems as likely as Donald Trump nominating Barack Obama for the next Supreme Court vacancy.
Today, the Bulgarians announced they were closing the case, finding that the victim had indeed killed himself. Case closed. Yossi Cohen gets away with murder…again.
No doubt, we’ll be hearing that Israel has “sweetened the pot” by offering one of the most corrupt nations in Europe trade and arms deals, easing of visa requirements (thousands of destitute Bulgarians serve as foreign workers in Israel), etc. It’s payback and a sleazy business the way Israel plays it. It happened to Ukraine in the case of Dirar Abu Sisi. It’s possible someone in Tunisia may have looked the other way in permitting the al-Zoari killing as well–though Israel must be more discreet with an Arab-Muslim nation with which it has no formal relations. Palms are greased. Men are murdered. All in the name of reputed state interests: Israeli state interests. It’s also murder to burnish professional reputation. What a fraud! A shame and a fraud.
Cohen? He comes out of it smelling like a rose rather than a stinking cesspool. He’s Meir Dagan with his knife in his teeth killing Arabs, as Sharon urged him to do in appointing him Mossad chief. The nation will love him. Bibi will love him. Sara? The jury’s out on that one. But as long as he doesn’t step on Bibi’s applause lines he’s probably even OK with her.
But what does he really represent? He represents murder for murder’s sake. He represents rule by blood, the Israeli version of Richard III. A man liable to kill anyone for any reason as long as it’s possible to do it, get away with it, and it will advance his interest.