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Britian to expel Israeli diplomat over forged UK passports

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by alexd, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    They are talking about it in the British Parliament right now. They are also going to put out an advisory to UK citizens to exercise caution while visiting Israel because of the potential for identity theft by the state.

    Britain to expel Israeli diplomat

    The UK is to expel an Israeli diplomat over the use of 12 forged British passports by the killers of a Hamas leader in Dubai, the BBC has learned.

    Foreign Secretary David Miliband will make a statement to Parliament later.

    Israel has said there is no proof that its agents were behind the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January.

    BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen said the person to be expelled is likely to be the London head of Israel's secret service, Mossad.

    Our correspondent said the expulsion would send a "very clear message" of British disapproval.

    "It is a very big step for a government like the British to expel one of the diplomats belonging to one of its important allies," he said.

    Strong message

    Diplomatic sources stressed the British government has stopped short of accusing Israel of the murder.

    However Mr Miliband has previously demanded that Israel co-operate fully with the investigation into how the passports were obtained.

    Downing Street confirmed that the head of Britain's diplomatic service, Peter Ricketts, met Israel's ambassador to London, Ron Prosor, on Monday.

    The officers had travelled to Israel to speak to those whose passports were copied with new photographs inserted.

    A spokesman for Hamas, a Palestinian group, said it welcomed any decision to expel a Mossad official but wanted international efforts to track down the killers stepped up.

    Former Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Menzies Campbell, said for a diplomat to be expelled, Israel must have had "some hand" in the matter, or been unwilling to co-operate with Soca.

    He told BBC Radio 4's World at One programme: "It is very serious indeed... there can't be a greater violation of trust for one ally to abuse the passports of another ally."

    In the land where they love to talk, Israeli officials are staying remarkably tight-lipped. At least until David Miliband speaks.

    "It doesn't look good," was the terse verdict of one former senior diplomat, before he decided it would be better if he said no more. Other sources suggest that this is a "standard dance" the British have to go through. They expected that the UK would not want this to be an "ongoing irritant".

    There is a clear Israeli desire to talk this argument down from one where it could damage the wider relationship.

    As for the more general Israeli view, that is mixed. Many believe that there is a measure of slightly unconvincing righteous indignation from the countries whose nationals had their passports cloned. Those Israelis argue that Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was as much an enemy of the West, as of Israel.

    But there are a good number of Israelis who also believe this was a cack-handed operation, which blew the identities of 27 valuable agents, and caused an unnecessary diplomatic stink.

    Last month Mr Miliband described the use of fake UK passports as an "outrage" and vowed that the inquiry would "get to the bottom" of the affair.

    It is believed 12 fake British passports were used in the plot to murder Mr Mabhouh - the founder of Hamas's military wing - in his hotel room in Dubai on 19 January.

    The names and details on the UK passports used by eight of the 12 suspects belonged to British-Israeli citizens living in Israel. All of them have denied involvement.

    Dubai police have used CCTV footage to identify 27 alleged members of the team that tracked and killed Mr Mabhouh.

    Other members of the hit squad travelled on fake Irish, French and Australian travel documents, Dubai police said.

    Dubai officials said they were "99% certain" that agents from Mossad were behind the killing but Israel has said there is no proof.

    Following his death, Mr Mabhouh's family said medical teams that examined him determined he had died after receiving a massive electric shock to the head. They also found evidence that he had been strangled.

    Blood samples sent to a French laboratory confirmed he was killed by electric shock, after which the body was sent to Syria, they said.

    Thousands of people attended his funeral at the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, on the outskirts of Damascus in January.

    In 1988 Britain expelled Israeli diplomat Arie Regev over a spying row. He was described by UK sources as a Mossad agent.

    Story from BBC NEWS:
    BBC News - UK to expel Israeli diplomat over Dubai passport row

    Published: 2010/03/23 15:16:28 GMT

    © BBC MMX
  2. sheik rock

    sheik rock TRIBE Member

    I can just imagine all the shady shit MI-6 has gotten up to over the years, more than Israel I'm sure.
  3. Bass-Invader

    Bass-Invader TRIBE Member

    it's good of you to point that out like it matters.
  4. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

  5. kyfe

    kyfe TRIBE Member

    look at each incident on it's own merits instead of trying to cloud the issue with nonsense.
  6. I'm reminded of an article that Bob Baer had written for Time magazine last week, trying to figure out what Israel has to gain from how badly this has gone down. Should they decide to make a strike against Iran any time in the next little while (re: Nuclear capability), they're going to have to get permission from various other Arabic territories to fly over their airspace - Arabic countries that have close ties with the UAE and Dubai. It doesn't help that they've managed to strain ties with some of their allies with the forged Passports - Austrailia was pretty upset about their passports being forged a couple of weeks before this happened.

    Also, what puzzled him was how many "Mossad agents" have had their cover blown over this. 20 odd agents is a pretty big personel sacrifice for one person, even if he was a central figure to the Hamas.
  7. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    And don't forget the Canadian passports they've been caught using that were forged.

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