Answers to questions about al-Mabhouh’s assassination
February 17, 2010 5 Comments
By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
The intelNews email inbox is literally bulging with messages about the recent assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, the co-founder of Hamas’ military wing, who was found dead in Dubai last month. Here are brief answers to a selection of readers’ questions. Q. Is there any doubt that Mossad was behind the assassination? A. Almost none. By no means was Israel al-Mabhouh’s sole enemy. In fact, his killing caused little distress among Fatah’s leadership, and at least two Palestinians are believed to have assisted in the assassination. Nevertheless, the operation has all the hallmarks of a state-sponsored action, something particularly evident in the sophisticated travel documentation forgery involved. Moreover, the tactics of the hit squad, its composition, as well as its methods, point almost directly to the Mossad. Q. Were those passports real, or not? If not, who are the people in the photos? The eleven known members of the hit squad utilized British, Irish, German, and one French (the squad leader) passports. These passports are real, and so are the photographs in them, which are those of the actual members of the Kidon (the Mossad’s assassination unit) who used the passports to enter and exit the United Arab Emirates. The agency behind the assassination operation used stolen identities of real people, in order to apply for real passports issued under the names of these real people, but with photographs that match the members of the Kidon assassination squad. Q. Are the photographs released by the Dubai Police the actual photos of the assassins? A. Yes. The passport photographs released by Dubai Police authorities show the actual hit squad members. But the corresponding names are those of innocent individuals, whose identities were simply stolen. Q. Will these people ever be apprehended? A. The chance of something like this happening is extremely slim. All Kidon members are now safely back in Israel, and will probably never work again outside Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Some will retire from the Mossad or, more likely, be reassigned to cushy office jobs.