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The real Mossad mystery

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

If Mabhouh was indeed a buyer of Iranian arms, as some Israeli sources claim, he can easily be replaced. Why work so hard and risk so much to kill someone who is replaceable?

As Haaretz newspaper’s intelligence commentator Yossi Melman and CBS correspondent Dan Raviv wrote in Newsweek in 2008, assassinations are a “double-edged sword.”

“The policy only pays off … when a state deals with a terrorist group that is basically a ‘one-man show,’ chopping off the snake’s head by killing the leader can neutralize the group,” the pair wrote. “But when a country encounters a highly motivated, solidified and structured terrorist group, killing its senior members proves to be counter-productive. The dead are soon replaced by members who are sometimes more skillful and more determined.”

The chances are that this was a Munich-style, 21-years-later revenge hit for the killings of two Israeli soldiers abducted in 1989, as well as a warning to Israel’s enemies.

But, as Melman of Haaretz newspaper writes, “in a cost-value analysis, the State of the Jews paid far too much and at some point in the future Jews around the world may pay an additional price.”

- Trends magazine

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  1. johan on April 12, 2010 9:35 pm

    27 operatives from one of the best intelligence agencies in the world to kill one middle aged man in poor health. Does anybody seriously believe that? I would say few believe it was Mossad.
    Dubai police were exemplary, they did not know he had been assinated for a week until somebody thoughtfully rang them and told them to look for traces of muscle relaxant. Nor did they know the passports were forged initially. The whole thing shouts ´set-up´. My guess is Iran was behind it.

  2. Mohammad A. on April 14, 2010 11:16 am

    Few? Seriously? I guess that’s what new Mossad trainees are capable off.

  3. Miss Anne Thropic on April 14, 2010 12:39 pm

    Dubai police did well to put all the pieces together but if anyone really believes that Mossad would organise such a ham-fisted* assassination have no idea how Mossad operates.

    * Haram/non-kosher pun intended….

  4. jazzy jo on April 19, 2010 7:42 am

    I’m dead sure that Mossad has done this, they also released a
    lame statement that in future assignments they will not use British
    passports. So, the rest of the nationalities are in major trouble.
    .Mossad has undermined the skills & capabilities of Dubai & Dubai’s intelligence service
    & conducted an operation in a country they are not much familiar
    with its intelligence perhaps.

    But, this is a lesson learnt for all citizens in the world who possess
    any form of I’d passport or an ID. Not only should we put our passports at all times
    under lock & key, we should also not give out too much info on ourselves on
    social network sites or anywhere or to anyone on the web or otherwise.
    We should immediately report theft of any form of ID , credit cards,
    membership cards etc .., otherwise, this could lead to ID theft.

    Another lesson learnt is for the Dubai Intelligence & Dubai Police
    Who have now issued a statement to place more CCTV’s in hotels.
    But they should not underestimate security in public areas such as
    the parks, touristic locations , landmarks, certain residential and non residential areas, malls, the metro etc..
    Once the Mossad has hit somewhere, they will hit again. For those of us living
    in the UAE, watch out everyone, they now live among us.

  5. Basel A-Shaban on April 26, 2010 10:19 am

    In any field intelligence operation, each member of the op team is responsible for a specific task that eventually support the ultimate goal of the operation. It is very possible that there were 27 members of the hit squad however, not all of them where responsible for “pulling the trigger” per say. Some of the team was involved in a recon intelligence ops that could be to understand the Dubai environment including location of certain buildings, streets and neighborhoods that could prove to be useful for future possible operation(s). The Israeli mentality of being a superior and more sophisticated operative than their Arab counterpart proved to be a fetal mistake. Dubai Police proved that it has the ability to work fast and to coordinate working with multi task forces assigned with a complex intelligence gathering and analyzing missions that may include the cooperation of outside sources (standard operational procedure) to put together a focused and a framed picture of all the forensic and and non-forensic evidence that led to the implication of the Israelis in the assassination of Al-Mambhoh. Many countries around the world share their intelligence with each other including forensic evidence in order to capture then prosecute criminals, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

  6. Andrew on April 26, 2010 3:56 pm

    A fetal mistake huh?


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