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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Britain insisting on public commitment from Lieberman as part of sending new diplomat

According to London's Daily Independent, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband (pictured) is insisting on a public commitment from Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman that Israel will never again use British citizens' official documents as a condition for allowing Israel to replace the diplomat who was expelled from the UK last week. The diplomat is widely believed to have been the Mossad's liaison in London.
The Israeli government has shown no signs so far that it will acquiesce in Mr Miliband's demand that it pledge that "the state of Israel would never be party to the misuse of British passports in such a way". Such a declaration would be tantamount to an admission of Israel's guilt in the killing of Mr Mabhouh, something it denies. Mr Lieberman said: "There is no proof of Israeli involvement in this affair."

However, the Israeli government has also indicated that it will not retaliate by expelling a British diplomat. Officials privately acknowledge that the removal of the Mossad official, although damaging for relations between the two countries, will not impact too severely on the Israeli intelligence agency's work in the UK.
If that last sentence is true, I would consider not complying and not sending a new diplomat. Israel certainly cannot be in the position of admitting to Mabhouh's liquidation and a lack of intelligence cooperation would hurt Britain at least as much as it would hurt Israel. I also have a sense that were it not for all the problems with the US right now, this would not be happening. The corollary of that statement is that when (if) our problems with the US blow over, the passport issues will die down too. But we may have a few more blows to absorb on the passports from other countries first.

How did this happen? I wonder if anyone realized how good Dubai's tracking system was when they planned this operation.


At 6:44 PM, Blogger Broomer said...

I still do not buy that Israel is behind it. It could very well be that there are moles within the UK and other countries that picked up the passports at random, pass it to Dubai and then Dubai just simply parade it as a fact.
No one has yet answered the question how it is possible for the door to be chained from the outside and the gap in video.
And lastly, where's the body and autopsy report? How about an autopsy by a neutral 3rd party? What if that scum actually had a heart attack and it was a perfect opportunity for Dubai to furbish its anti-Israel credentials to protect against terrorist attacks because of the Davis Cup?
The whole affair stinks to high heaven, like another blood libel.

At 6:48 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Expel a British diplomat and forbid the UK from sending a replacement to Israel. If Miliband wants to humiliate Israel, two can play the game.

Its time Israel stopped allowing itself to be treated as the world's doormat. If Lieberman won't take appropriate steps to redress the UK's insulting and unwarranted treatment of Israel, he should step aside for someone who will take them.

At 6:52 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - as I mentioned before, all the evidence the Dubai authorities have is circumstantial - they have no real proof of Mossad involvement. If they did, they would have disclosed it already.

Naturally, Israel cannot admit to responsibility to an affair it had no involvement with.

At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

he should send an official communique in reply of only two words:"Sod off."


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