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David Miliband accuses Israel of forging passports

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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”.

He confirmed that the UK had selected an official, whom they believe was involved in the alleged forgeries, to be sent back to Israel.

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