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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
Whether or not the Mossad was behind the assassination or not there are a number of negative consequences it suffers from the hit job:
1. It hurts Israel’s image abroad. Israel appears as a rogue state that violates international law. This contributes to the country’s increasing reputation as lawless and fuels the international campaign critical of Israel’s policies in the Palestinian Territories.
2. It damages Israel’s relations with European states. While France, the U.K., Ireland, Germany, and Australia – the countries whose passports were used in the assassination – are not expected to end ties with Israel, the use of their passports for an assassination does not help relations at a time when Israel faces criticism for its brutal military operation against Gaza.
3. It hurts immigrants’ trust in their newly adopted country. It is believed here that most, if not all, of the Israelis whose identities were “borrowed” for the hit job did not give permission for their use. One, Paul Keeley, told the press he would sue Israel for stealing his identity.
4. It hurt the Mossad. Not only is its image bruised, but spy tactics and methods were exposed. And, if indeed it was behind the assassination, then most likely many of its agents were burned. (Not to mention the fact that it presented Tamim with the perfect opportunity to mock the Mossad. “The mistake they made was that even the disguise was primitive, the ’70’s style,” he said. “If they want a training course in disguise, we would be happy to oblige.”)
5. It endangers the lives of Jews and Israelis abroad. Israel has not, to the best of public knowledge, murdered a Hamas member outside the Palestinian Territories, which it occupies. With this assassination, the battlefield has been moved abroad. Hamas Foreign Minister in Gaza, Mahmoud Zahar, told Al-Jazeera, “If [Israel] wishes to transfer the conflict to the international arena, there will be repercussions.”
So yes, Mabhouh was successfully killed, but was that good for the Jews?