Middle-East: Mossad Kills Hope For Peace In Dubai

Today, the authorities in Dubai have issued an international arrest warrant for 11 suspects which Dubai police claims were the 11-persons hit squad responsible for the assassination of Hamas leader Mahmud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel room on January 20.

Among the 11-strong hit squad, nine were passport holders from various European countries such as Britain, Ireland, France and Germany. Britain and Ireland are saying that the passports are fake documents.

“We are aware that the holders of the six British passports have been named in this case. We believe the passports used were fraudulent and have begun our own investigation,” said a spokesman for Britain’s Foreign Office today.

The Irish Foreign Affairs Department also said today the the 3 passports in possession of 3 hit squad members were fake.

Is Mossad To Blame?

Dubai police chief, Dhafi Khalfan, said on Monday that he is seriously considering a potential involvement of Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, in the assassination. Hamas is blaming Mossad for Mabhouh’s death.

Israeli Reactions

There is still no official comment on Mabhouh’s execution from Israeli authorities, but some Israeli media, such as The Jerusalem Post have welcomed the killing.

A former high ranking Mossad official, Rami Yigal, told an Israeli radio station today that the assassins “does look professionals”, but Yigal added that it doesn’t look like an Israeli operation “because of the apparent shortcuts, such as allowing members of the team to be videotaped by security cameras”.

Al-Mabhouh, one of the founder of Hamas military wing, had been wanted by Israel for his alleged role in the 1989 kidnapping and killing of two Israeli soldiers on leave.

However, despite Rami Yigal’s reaction to the killing, Yossi Melman from the Haaretz wrote today that al-Mabhouh’s assassination was a “Mossad style execution”.

Updates 0n 2/17/2010 9:00 AM US (PST)- First Israeli Official Reaction

Israel’s Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, says there is “no proof Mossad carried out Hamas Dubai killing”, but he did not fully deny it.

“I don’t know why we are assuming that Israel, or the Mossad, used those passports”, said Lieberman in an interview with Israeli radio station Army Radio.

Six of the suspects were carrying fake British passports, and now the story is getting major coverage from the BBC. The BBC also posted photographs of the 11 “European” suspects sough for the assassination by Dubai police in conjunction with Interpol.

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4 Responses to Middle-East: Mossad Kills Hope For Peace In Dubai

  1. Dumbo February 17, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Ahn… So a terrorist was “hope for peace”? How?

    Good riddance to bad rubbish, I say.

    • Gilbert Mercier
      Gilbert Mercier February 17, 2010 at 7:01 am

      Are you advocating political assassination conducted by a state? For better or worse, Hamas was elected by the Palestinian people in Gaza.

      I think your conception of “terrorism” is extremely elastic. This is what you are implying in your racist statement: “It is perfectly acceptable for a state ( in this case Israel) to send out a hit squad of assassins to kill an opponent in a foreign land, but it is not OK for Palestinians to defend their right for an autonomous state”.

      It is because of people like yourself, defending Israel’s illegal actions, in this instance, that the Middle-East peace process will never progress.

      More and more people in Israel, and within the US Jewish community(such as J Street), oppose your pathetic point of view, you can’t have peace with the Palestinians if you keep calling them “bad rubbish” and treat them like sub-human beings.

  2. Dumbo February 18, 2010 at 12:21 am

    > Are you advocating political assassination conducted by a state?

    Yes, but of course not in all cases. The concept of an all-powerful state with murder powers makes me uneasy too.

    > implying in your racist statement

    How was my statement “racist”? I didn’t even mention race, and, as far as I know, arabs and jews share basically the same DNA.

    > It is because of people like yourself, defending Israel’s
    > illegal actions, in this instance, that the Middle-East peace
    > process will never progress.

    I’m just a guy behind a computer, I have no influence in the so-called peace process. However, what does “illegal” mean? Killing terrorist might indeed be “illegal”, but so is placing bombs in restaurants, buses, trains etc. In any case, I don’t believe that there will be peace anytime soon in the Middle East, but it has nothing to do with me.

    > if you keep calling them “bad rubbish” and treat them
    > like sub-human beings.

    I’m not Jewish and I’ve never been to Israel and I don’t think I’ve ever met a palestinian. It might be that palestinian arabs are not very well treated in Israel, I don’t know. However, this doesn’t make the Hamas leader a nice guy. I’m not advocating the murder of innocent people, however, a terrorist knows very well that he might be killed tomorrow for his actions, he accepts the rules of the game when he plants his first bomb.

  3. Head Scratcher February 18, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Mabhouh was a combatant involved in the killing of Israelis and in smuggling weapons. Even Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, in a speech this week, cited his weapon smuggling activities. Dubai and Hamas are both at war with Israel. Admittedly, in the case of Dubai, this is a formality and there haven’t been real hostilities. But Hamas has been quite vocal in its intentions to destroy Israel and ethnically cleanse it of Jews. It has used missiles, guns, and suicide bombers aimed purposely at civilians quite consistantly. Mabhouh’s role as a combatant and the war declared by the Arab states, including Dubai, on Israel makes Mabhouh a legitimate target for Israel and his assassination an act of war and not an act of terrorism.

    If Mabhouh had retired from Hamas and Dubai had peace an extradition treaties with Israel, then maybe your headline and cartoon would have some justification. But it seems like you’ve decided your opinions about Israel first, and then tried to force the facts into your preconceived notions.

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