Israeli agents tried to obtain Australian passports in 2004
February 26, 2010 1 Comment
By IAN ALLEN | intelNews.org |
Yesterday’s revelation, that three members of the Mossad hit squad that assassinated Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai last January, used Australian passports, has shocked Australian public opinion. In reality, however, the Australian government had been warned in as early as 2004 that Israeli agents were trying to obtain Australian passports for use in international espionage operations. In March of that year, Ali Kazak, who was the Head of the General Palestinian Delegation to Australia and New Zealand, publicly revealed that Israeli Mossad agents had approached members of the Middle Eastern community in both countries, seeking to purchase usable passports. He even said that one Mossad agent active in Sydney had managed to acquire as many as 25 Australian passports before returning to Israel. Intelligence observers will remember that, later in the same year, Mossad agents Eli Cara and Uriel Zoshe Kelman were arrested in Wellington, while trying to obtain fraudulent New Zealand passports. The two agents, who had flown undercover to New Zealand form Australia, aroused the suspicion of a Kiwi immigration official by trying to fake New Zealand accents. Their arrest caused a major diplomatic rift between New Zealand and Israel, which culminated in the withdrawal of the New Zealand diplomatic mission from Israel for a year and a half. This could indeed be why no New Zealand passports were used by the Mossad this time around.