UK 'will not allow Mossad representative in London'

By Jessica Elgot, May 4, 2010
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Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor before his meeting with David Miliband during the row over the forging of British passports.

Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor before his meeting with David Miliband during the row over the forging of British passports.

A new Mossad representative in London will not be allowed into the United Kingdom, it is claimed, until Israel pledges that British passports will never be used by Mossad agents.

Britain expelled a senior Israeli diplomat over the use of British passports by a team of assassins who killed Hamas terrorist Mahmouh al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband said he was satisfied that Israeli intelligence agency Mossad had forged British passports for the assassins.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman told the JC: “We have had no approach from the Israelis about a replacement. However we look to Israel to rebuild the trust we believe is required for the full and open relationship we would like.

“We have asked for specific assurances from Israel, which would clearly be a positive step towards rebuilding that trust.

“Any Israeli request for the diplomat to be replaced would be considered against the context of these UK requests.”

It is widely believed that the senior diplomat expelled from London was a Mossad representative.

Israel has never admitted any role in the Dubai assassination and therefore has abstained from signing any material which might be construed as a confession.

    Last updated: 11:17am, May 4 2010