Doubts about Dubai

By Miriam Shaviv
March 1, 2010

Was Israel responsible for the Dubai hit? The Washington Times raises a couple of questions:

[S]ome details have emerged that do not track with traditional Israeli intelligence tradecraft. The Dubai authorities this week said two of the operatives fled to Iran.

Michael Ross, a retired officer for the Mossad's covert-operations division, said it would be a breach of Israeli protocol for an operative to flee to another target country like that after an operation.

He also said that it was unlikely that Israel would use 26 people for a job that would require far fewer people. "The Mossad believes if two people can do something instead of three people, then send two."

Here is one answer that would settle both of these points. Isn't it possible that Dubai has simply identified way too many suspects? That not everyone is claims is a suspect is actually part of the operation? Perhaps the police are now getting a little carried away. Or, perhaps, it is in Dubai's interests to keep this story going with a drip-drip-drip of information and to make the plot seem even larger and more threatening than it actually was.  


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Mon, 03/01/2010 - 12:59

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Whenever I hear a "retired officer for the Mossad's covert-operations division" quoted, I begin to ask questions of my own. Second, the Washington Times? That well-known Moonie-owned journal of record? Please. Purim's over already.


Mon, 03/01/2010 - 13:01

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Miriam, I think you have a valid point with the 'drip-drip-drip' of information. If you look at international websites (CNN, BBC, etc. especially ones that lean left...) the less these news stories seem to come across as interesting or relevant as time goes on.

I think they are wanting to garner as much attention as possible (Dubai, that is), but now the media hound seems to not be attracted to their scent anymore.

Thing is, when news arises that might mean that Israel isn't responsible, no one seems to pay attention to it at all. It goes unnoticed and slips through the cracks. I think this is what hurts Israel the most...

Miriam Shaviv

Mon, 03/01/2010 - 13:15

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Moshe - these two points have been widely discussed in many media outlets; I quoted the Washington Times because it brought it all together succinctly.

Jessalyn - all evidence does seem to point to Israel. But these two questions - esp the Iran one - do seem puzzling. If indeed people responsible for the assassination fled to Iran, it makes you wonder whether they were actually Arabs working for Israel (esp as a couple of Palestinians have been arrested in connection and as speculation is rife that Mabhouh was betrayed by a colleague).


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