Has the Mossad messed up the Dubai assassination?


By Miriam Shaviv
February 16, 2010
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Is this the Mossad’s worst mess-up ever?

Every major paper today is running the pictures of the 11 people suspected of carrying out the assassination of Hamas man Mahmoud al-Mabhouh on January 20.

Three held Irish passports – but the Irish deny that the names were fictitious.

One held a French passport, one held a German passport. So far no comment.

Six held a British passport, and here’s the rub. At least one of the names on the British passports belongs to a real person – a real British citizen living in the central Israeli town of Beit Shemesh. And it seems highly unlikely that, if you were looking to invent an identity, you would come up with “Melvyn Adam Mildiner” – coincidentally a British-Israeli citizen.

Now, let’s be clear. This is not proof positive that it is the Mossad that done it. Passports can be forged, and forging the name of an Israeli would be a great way of pointing the finger at Israel. Mr Mildiner absolutely insists that his passport is tucked away safely at home.

But………. I have heard, first-hand, of foreign residents in Israel being asked to lend their passports to security services, which returned them at a later date with a couple of extra stamps. It does seem at the very least plausible that the Mossad somehow got its hands on Mr Mildiner’s British passport – and used it.

Of course, they would have to be prize idiots if they used it in the course of an assassination, an assassination which has garnered international headlines for weeks now. But stranger things have happened.

So if it does turn out to be true, what can we expect?

In 1997, Mossad agents were caught using Canadian passports during a failed assassination attempt on Hamas man Khalid Meshal in Jordan. Canada was absolutely furious and a diplomatic blow-up ensued, during which Canada withdrew its ambassador to Israel, and Israel had to swear to Canada never to repeat the act.

Dubai has already accused Britain of being complicit in the assassination. Considering that Israel is currently trying to get the Brits to change the law in order to make sure Israeli officials can enter the UK without threat of arrest, if it turns out that the Mossad was using British passports, you can expect the volume of outrage to be turned up very, very high.

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moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 16:54

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Thanks, Miriam, I am sure every anti-Israel activist will love this post.


Geoffrey Morris

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 16:58

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But the 'volume of outrage' will be decidedly mute from the UK Jewish community and JC whose positions will be predictable if a diplomatic spat develops between the UK and Israel.

Anyway, why be so pessimistic and negative Miriam ('has the Mossad messed up the Dubai assassination?')? Many congratualations to the Mossad, Israel and its willing executioners in the UK and elsewhere on yet another hit.

Terrorist skills cultivated and passed down from the Jewish-dominated and led Cheka and NKVD as well as the gangster-orientated Stern Gang and Haganah.

The Jack Spots, Lepke Buchalters, Meyer Lanskys and Genrikh Yagodas (to mention but a few) of this world are alive and kicking and would be proud of this one.

Well done!


andrew_tolg

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 17:16

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An avowed terrorist who has admitted being involved in bombings, murders and kidnappings has been eliminated while in Dubai allegedly trying to obtain arms from a country hellbent on developing nuclear weapons. Does it really matter who did the deed? I weep with sadness.......


vortigern (not verified)

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 17:50

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Geoffrey says: 'if a diplomatic spat develops between the UK and Israel.'

I mean, come on Geoffrey, the British government wouldn't dare.


Miriam Shaviv

Wed, 02/17/2010 - 00:07

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My problem isn't with the Mossad bumping off a terrorist. It's with messing it up.


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Wed, 02/17/2010 - 10:29

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Sometimes, Miriam, when you are in a hole, it's good to stop digging.


Jon_i_Cohen

Wed, 02/17/2010 - 10:58

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How is it messed up - job done!
Democracy, Democracy, this exactly the problem, there is too much Democracy, too much information in the media allowing endless speculation.
Instead of all this "investigation" into how and why, we should be thanking Mossad, (or whoever it was), for ridding us of a die hard terrorist responsbible for the planning, commissioning and carrying out of dozens of terrorist attacks over very many years, killing and maiming dozens of Jews.
So, please, all you trendy-lefties out there, who cares if some names have been "copied/borrowed/used";stop bleating for the death of the Hamas terrorist and start applauding and thanking whoever has carried out this act of strategic importance and congratulate them on a job well done.


Yvetta

Wed, 02/17/2010 - 13:21

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Those "tennis players" had the build of wrestlers or weight-lifters.
Anyway, how do we know Israel did it?It could have been a dissident Palestinian group.


Avraham Reiss

Wed, 02/17/2010 - 15:39

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The essence of the Dubai incident is the message that if you kill an Israeli, your chances of dying of old age are somewhat diminished, even if it takes 20 years (the deceased commited his 1st murder of an Israeli soldier in 1989).

The essence of that message is deterrence, although touched with a sprinkle of justified revenge.

And since deterrence saves lives, some risks are justified. The basic risks would appear to be identification of agents, and exposure of methodology. The agents of which ever country or organisation was responsible for the action will probably never be identified, and the methodology - use of foreign passports - probably presents no innovation to security services around the world faced with either planning or preventing similar activies. Let nobody pretend that the CIA, SIS, MI6 etc don't use similar methods.

The CCTV installations and accompanying face-recognition software,together with other detection gizmos, will gradually become more sophisticated, and so will the means of their evasion.

So its business as usual.


Avraham Reiss

Wed, 02/17/2010 - 15:46

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"Is this the Mossad’s worst mess-up ever?"

Certainly not! the Jordan and New Zealand incidents bore no positive fruit, but here, like Jon said above - job done!

And the accompanying myth-building certainly adds to the deterrence factor.


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Wed, 02/17/2010 - 15:53

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What myth-building? It was a cock-up, pure and simple, adding to a long line of similar cock-ups. And it appears that no one is deterred any more.


Avraham Reiss

Wed, 02/17/2010 - 15:54

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Jon, please tell him again: job done!


Jon_i_Cohen

Wed, 02/17/2010 - 16:26

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For moshetzarfati2's benefit
Job done!
The end justifies the means.
Who cares if a few identities have been compromised, I don't.
I am grateful that an arch terrorist is no more, the arms deal he was negotiating with Iran has been stopped and they will find it very difficult to send another "envoy" to take his place.
So, the fact that this terrorist has been removed means that Jewish lives will have been saved.
So, "whoever" was responsible, kol hachevod!!


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Wed, 02/17/2010 - 16:31

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I have no problems with the bumping off of terrorists (and it works both ways--the assassination of Rechavam Zeevi). I am sure, however, that the Israeli Brits whose names have been mentioned and those who have, as Miriam pointed out, given their passports to whomever have been put in harm's way as well as being in trouble with the UK government because of what appears to be a cack-handed job.
(PS. And if he says roll over and wave your legs in the air, Jon-i, will you do that too?)

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