Foreign Secretary David Miliband informed Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman of his decision to remove an Israeli diplomat at a meeting on Monday in Brussels.
Mr Lieberman said he regretted Britain’s decision but said there was still no proof Mossad had been involved in the assassination of a Hamas terrorist, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, in Dubai, where many of the hit squad used forged British passports.
The Foreign Secretary David Miliband has declared his disappointment with Israel in a statement to the House of Commons in which he accused Israel of faking British passports and confirmed he had expelled an Israeli diplomat.
Based on the sophistication of the technique used to clone the passports, Mr Miliband said: “The government judges it is highly likely that the forgeries were made by a state intelligence service.”
He said that the fact that the UK considers Israel a close ally “was adding insult to injury”.
The JC understands that today’s expected move against Israeli diplomats in London is based on what the UK government believes is compelling evidence from the investigation by the Serious Organised Crime Agency into cloning of British passports as part of the alleged assassination by Mossad of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in January.
Ambassador Ron Prosor was summoned to the Foreign Office yesterday and told that Britain formally blames Israel for the cloning of up to 15 British passports during the Dubai operation.
Israel's embassy in London is poised to hear whether one of its senior diplomats is to be expelled by Britain, as punishment for Israel's alleged involvement in the Dubai assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud Mabhouh in January.
Reports in today's Daily Telegraph say that Ambassador Ron Prosor was summoned to the Foreign Office yesterday and told that Britain formally blames Israel for the cloning of up to 15 British passports during the Dubai operation.
A ministerial statement is due in the House of Commons later today.
Ofcom, the broadcasting standards body, has rejected complaints of unfairness against an investigation into Britain’s “Israel lobby” broadcast by Channel 4 in November.
It said it had received 50 complaints about the Dispatches programme presented by journalist Peter Oborne.
Complainants had variously alleged that the programme “was biased against Israel and/or the Israeli government”; did not adequately explain the background to the Middle East situation; was antisemitic; and overly critical of certain lobby groups.