The real Mossad mystery
Few doubt that the spy agency was behind the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai. But the negative repercussions of the killing for Israel are still emerging.
April 11, 2010 7:57 by Orly Halpern
From the local grocer to the top intelligence analysts, it is obvious to practically every Israeli that the assassination in Dubai of Hamas member Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was carried out by none other than the Mossad.
And at this point it doesn’t matter if the Mossad was behind the killing or not. Everyone assumes it was because the target was a member of Hamas who killed two Israeli soldiers in 1989, and because the assassins carried fake passports with the names of Israeli citizens.
The only thing that is argued about in Israel is whether or not it was “good for the Jews” or not.
The Dubai police chief, Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, and his staff appear to have done outstanding work in putting the pieces together to expose the faces and reveal the stolen names of the people who used the fake passports.
There was one dangerous and ridiculous mistake that implicates Israel in the case: the assumption that, despite closed-circuit video cameras all over Dubai, “the Arabs” (i.e. the Dubai police) would fail to put all the pieces together (hours and hours of video footage, passport information, and travel details) and figure out who was responsible for the murder.
That pervasive sense of superiority over Arabs in Israeli society resulted in a lack of belief in the abilities of the Dubai police to use technology and to unravel a murder. This superiority complex may have led to the “burning” of numerous agents.
So it’s not surprising that just a few days before the Dubai police chief made his first headline-grabbing announcement – pointing fingers at Israel’s Mossad for the assassination of Mabhouh – the Israeli spy agency announced it was looking to hire more spies. Well, that’s what it implied.
IMAGE: Some of the suspected Mossad agents allegedly involved in the killing of Mabhouh.