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.