Mossad has long history of assassination operations

Mahmoud al-Mabhouh


The recent assassination of Hamas military official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh has sparked a public debate about the history of the Kidon (formerly known as Caesarea), Mossad’s elite assassination unit. Several participants in this debate frequently mention the infamous Black September killings of the 1970s (operation BAYONET), which exterminated almost every original member of the Palestinian group that perpetrated the massacre of the Israeli athletes in the 1972 summer Olympic Games in Munich. In reality, however, these operations were not conducted by the Kidon, but by a separate unit outside Mossad’s operational structure, created specifically for this purpose. The same applies to other extrajudicial assassinations of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, which are usually perpetrated by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic intelligence agency. An excellent summary of the Kidon’s most important assassination operations, which go back nearly half a century, can be found in a recently published article in German newsmagazine Der Spiegel. The article mentions the 1962-1963 targeted assassinations of West German scientists working in Egypt’s nuclear armaments program (operation DAMOCLES), which many observers appear to have forgotten. It also briefly revisits the 1987 assassination of the Palestine Liberation Organization leader Khalil al-Wazir (a.k.a. Abu Jihad) in Tunis, the 1995 killing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s Fathi Shikaki in Malta, and the 1996 killing of Hamas’ chief engineer Yehiyeh Ayyash with a booby-trapped cell phone. It also mentions the more recent assassination of Hezbollah official Imad Mughniyah in Lebanon, as well as the aborted killing attempt of Hamas leader Khaled Mashal in Jordan, with a nerve toxin.

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6 Responses to Mossad has long history of assassination operations

  1. fred lapides says:

    Did the authorities in Dubai know Mahmound al-Mabhouh was a terrorist and if so, why did they allow him into their country?

  2. Chris says:

    Not every country agrees that Hamas is a terrorist organization. Furthermore, How would they know he was a terroris? Dubai that is.

  3. Van says:

    Some reports say that Mabhouh used his real name on his plane ticket, some reports say he did not. In any case, I agree with Chris in that many countries view Hamas as a legitimately elected government with a right to defend themselves against attack, and thus would not view arms sales as something illegal or wrong.

  4. fred lapides says:

    I fully understand what is being said but it is one thing to recognize Hamas as duly elected (so to Hitler), another to point to a guy with a criminal record, wanted in any number of countries.
    If he used his realname, Dubai accepted him; if not, then he had fake passport too.

  5. Chris says:

    The truth is we will never know what really happened. If he had a real or fake passport.
    Doest it even matter. The Mossad operatives had fake passports. It’s a game.

  6. fred lapides says:

    I am not arguing with any of the comments here but simply asking questions. From what I have rerad abut the guy killed, I am hardly upset about what might have taken place. But thatg might merely be a reflection on my quirky views.

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