Israel’s ambassador Ron Prosor has been invited to a meeting at the Foreign Office to discuss the killing of a Hamas leader in Dubai, where the British passports of Israeli immigrants were used to conceal the identity of some of the killers.
Both the Foreign Office and the Israeli embassy are expected to release statements later today.
A Foreign Office spokesman said the meeting was because of the “links to Israel of a number the British nationals affected.”
Gordon Brown has called for an inquiry into how British passports were used by assassins who killed a senior Hamas leader in Dubai.
At least seven of the members of the Dubai assassination team, who killed Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, had passports with the names of real people, six British and one German. Most of the “real names” were men who had made aliyah to Israel.
Prime Minister Brown said: “We have to carry out a full investigation into this. The evidence has to be assembled about what actually happened, about how it happened and why.
The wife of a British man linked to the murder of Hamas military leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh has said her husband was not involved in the assassination.
Dubai has identified Melvyn Adam Mildiner as one of six British passport holders believed to have been involved in the death of al-Mabhouh in a luxury hotel.
Speaking from their home near Jerusalem, Melvyn Mildiner's wife said: “It wasn’t him. He’s never been to Dubai. The pictures that are being shown everywhere are not of him. It is not his passport. He has it here in the house.”
Hamas leadership and the international media, understandably, immediately accused Israel’s Mossad of being behind the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel room two weeks ago.
There is no shortage of reasons for this. Mabhouh, for the last six years, was the main Hamas operative in the complex arm-smuggling organisation linking the Gaza Strip and Iran. Israel’s intelligence services have been fighting a major campaign against this pipeline, largely in secret.
Hamas has strongly denied claims made by British businessman David Abrahams that it is prepared to recognise Israel.
The Jerusalem Post reported that after meeting Labour Party donor Mr Abrahams in Hebron, the Hamas Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Aziz Dwaik, had said that the group was prepared to renounce the Hamas charter, which calls for the destruction of Israel.
Mr Dwaik has since denied he ever said such a thing, and wrote on the Hamas website that the group would never recognise any occupation of Palestinian lands.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the Universities Minister, David Lammy, expressed concern this week as it emerged that Birmingham University was refusing to ban a speaker who has advocated suicide bombing, supports Hizbollah and is widely known as Hamas’s representative in the UK.
Labour MP Denis MacShane, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, protested to the university’s vice-chancellor Prof David Eastwood about the appearance of Dr Azzam Tamimi, who told BBC TV he would be happy to be a suicide bomber.