By Anshel Pfeffer, February 18, 2010
Israel almost never takes responsibility for mysterious killings in the Middle East. To do so would only cause diplomatic and security problems and reveal operational methods.
As it is, most of the targets have multiple enemies and whoever's finger was on the trigger, Israel will be blamed.
There is one major exception to this rule: sometimes things go dramatically wrong and the only way to release a captured agent is to own up.
Did the assassins who eliminated the Hamas arms smuggler, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, mess up? Operationally, no.