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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Britain expels senior Mossad representative in London

Britain has expelled a senior representative of the Mossad who was attached to the Israeli embassy in London as part of the fallout from the al-Mabhouh liquidation. The man left the UK on Monday night. Curiously, his name is not mentioned in the British media (I would not have expected it to be mentioned in the Israeli media.

Here's a brief clip from Foreign Secretary David Miliband's statement on the subject.

Let's go to the videotape.

The Times of London has more on Israel's reaction (Hat Tip: NY Nana).
Israel said it regretted the British move. “The relationship between Israel and Britain is mutually important. We therefore regret the British decision,” said Yigal Palmor, the spokesman for the Foreign Ministry.

While the government was measured in its response to the new diplomatic crisis erupting with the UK, MPs from the far right were quick to denounce the British as “dogs” who were not to be trusted.

"I think the British are behaving hypocritically and I don't want to offend dogs on this issue, since some dogs are utterly loyal," MK Aryeh Eldad, of the National Union, an ultra-nationalist pro-settler party, told Sky News. "Who are they to judge us on the war on terror?"

Mr Eldad called for a tit-for-tat expulsion of a senior British diplomat, but Israeli officials said such a move was out of the question.

Another National Union MP, Michael Ben-Ari, added, "The British may be dogs, but they are not loyal to us, but rather to an anti-Semitic system, and Israeli diplomacy partially plays into their hands. This is anti-Semitism disguised as anti-Zionism".

Other, more centrist MPs said however that Israel’s policy of refusing to respond to such accusations had served it well and allowed it to weather the diplomatic storm that erupted when Dubai police accused Mossad of killing the Hamas leader.

"I believe keeping silent was a good policy at the height of the Dubai crisis, and certainly it is now, when it is nearly behind us," said Tzahi Hanegbi, a member of the opposition Kadima Party who chairs the parliamentary Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee.
Isn't it curious that they managed not to interview a single coalition MK?

I think it's unfortunate that the Brits decided to do this but it's not the end of the world. While a few more European countries may expel Israeli diplomats in a similar manner, it seems like short of someone actually finding a real Mossad agent who was involved in the liquidation, this is the end of it. And that's a good thing.


At 7:59 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I agree with you Carl - not the end of the world. While it is shameful that the Brits expelled an Israeli Mossad representative without substantive proof of Mossad's involvement, in yet another show of cowering to their Muslim masses, this is the most minimum of "punishments" to Israel they could have implemented. Yes, in a perfect world, the Brits would have avered that they stand with the Israelis in the fight against terrorism...that simply isn't going to happen. And frankly, the loss of Mossad inteligence only serves to damage the British intelligence quality. Their loss.

At 8:02 PM, Blogger Lois Koenig said...

Thanks for the hat tip, Carl. This whole episode has been a disgrace on the part of the UK, and that they did not expel Israel's Ambassador to the UK shows just how desperate they were to do something, albeit it minimal, to Israel, in order to make Israael look guilty. And if Israel actually did do it? Good on Israel!

Ahh, Londonistan, Eurabia....

At 8:18 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

I do think a low level British diplomat should have been expelled as retaliation. I'm disappointed Israel allows itself to be treated like a lapdog by the British.

And it should be added no one has brought any proof the Mossad was involved in the liquidation of al-Mahbouh.

What's really telling is the fact the British are more upset over forged passports than they are about a vile murderer of Jews who finally received his just desserts.

At 9:09 PM, Blogger Chrysler 300M said...

copy the Russians, kick out some Brit diplomats too

At 10:48 PM, Blogger ProfessorPelotard said...

I question the timing. :-)

Stephen Byers, Patricia Hewitt and Geoff Hoon were 'stupid' to be caught in sting, Jack Straw says

This was the BIG story of the day in Britain - former Labour ministers caught in a sting, agreeing to take bribes to influence the gov't policy.

That is, it was the big story before the diplomatic crisis with Israel suddenly erupted.

At 1:29 AM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

I agree with professorpelotard: it is a dirty trick to cover Labour Gov corruption by making a big deal of this. As a Brit, Israel should chuck out a Brit consular official.

Milliband, half Jewish, is happily selling his soul to the devil. I hope it takes him to hell!

At 1:39 AM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

I forgot to say: the hypocrisy of the UK Gov is sickening; in the early 1970's, the SAS kidnapped many Irish Republicans, tortured them and buried them alive. This is told in The Nemesis File by one of the SAS sergeants Paul Bruce.

The British army assassinated Jewish freedom-fighters in Palestine, read The Winged Dagger, by Roy Farran, who was there. Read about Brits going round the world assassinating Libyans and Arabs, who were responsible for the deaths of SAS fighters: The Feather Men by Ranulph Fiennes.

At 2:11 AM, Blogger sheik yer'mami said...

Once again, Miliband proves that he is indeed the dumbest Jew in England.

Perhaps he believes that he has to smear Israel in order to endear himself to the Muslim voter block, that keep his morally and incompetent gov't in power.


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