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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Would the Mossad use Israelis' foreign passports?

If the Mossad wanted to liquidate Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, would it have given its agents foreign passports with the names and details of Israeli citizens? Many Israelis who were once part of the security establishment say no, and believe that the fact that those passports were used is a reason to be cautious about blaming the Mossad for Mabhouh's liquidation.
Like Lieberman, Israeli security analyst Ephraim Kam said the use of Israeli identities did not prove the Mossad killed Mabhouh.

"I cannot see a reason why the Mossad would use the names of Israelis here or citizens who live here," Kam said.

Rafi Eitan, a former Cabinet minister and Mossad agent who took part in the capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, thought Israel's foes were trying to frame it by using the identities of Israelis.

"It means some foreign service, an enemy of Israel, wanted to taint Israel. It took the names of Israeli citizens, doctored the passports ... and thus tainted us," Eitan said.

Lawmaker Yisrael Hasson, a former deputy commander of Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), said he would ask to convene a meeting of the Israeli parliament's powerful foreign affairs and defense committee to discuss the matter.

"No one should use someone's identity without his permission or without his understanding in some way what it is being used for," Hasson told Israel Radio.


Kam, the security analyst, said the people whose identities were released could be in danger from Hamas.

"I think they should be careful," he said.
There are an awful lot of people in this country who carry two passports. Including yours truly. Hmmm.


At 9:05 PM, Blogger nomatter said...

Frankly I have vacillated back and forth on this question myself. I came to the conclusion it does not matter 'if' the Mossad used foreign passports (stupid as it would be) from those Israelis who hold duel citizenship. We should never know if it was the Mossad. If a mistake was made, so be it. All I can hope for is lessons will be learned if in fact the Mossad did it.

The flames are being fanned already and a new witch hunt is about to take place...

At 9:47 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

A professional intelligence service would use the names of dead and non-existent people.

Did the Mossad screw up or did someone seek to frame Israel?

What could go wrong indeed

At 10:23 PM, Blogger nomatter said...

A great read from YNET:

"As to the usage of passports belonging to Israeli nationals: We should note, in case some people forgot, that such cases happened in the past and also involved foreign citizens in other countries. These stories usually made headlines for only a few days before disappearing. I wonder why."

At 8:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The whole affair is well worth an Hollywood espionage thriller. But an overlooked point is the role of the digital cameras monitoring the hotel entrance, the cameras monitoring the airport the customs, the town and putting it shorty our entire living space. When I read about identity theft of innocent citizens from the UK, Ireland France and Germany I smile. Dubai is monitoring her entire human traffic and is perpetuating a massive identity theft, copying passports visas and anything that can be stored digitally for any purpose legal or illegal. the UK, Ireland, France and Germany do the same..

So putting aside for a moment the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, Dubai and other countries including Israel, are performing a colossal identity theft putting in danger any one of us, now or in the future . If the Mossad did it, he knows how to defend himself. We, the ordinary people.. 'don't know which way to go...' .


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