Breaking news: UK expels Israeli diplomat over Dubai assassination

Mahmoud al-Mabhouh


While Israel continues to insist that “there is no proof” of its involvement in January’s assassination of a top Hamas military official, Britain has announced the pending expulsion of an Israeli diplomat over the killing. At least 12 forged British passports were used by a Mossad hit squad, whose members traveled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to assassinate Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, on January 19. Announcing the decision, British foreign secretary David Miliband said that the high quality of the forged passports made it almost certain that “a state intelligence service” was behind the operation, and that London had “compelling reasons” to suspect Israel. He told the British Parliament that “such misuse of British passports is intolerable” and that the fact that it was perpetrated by an ally of the UK added “insult to injury”. There are also reports that London is preparing to amend its official travel advisory for Israel, alerting British travelers to the possibility of identity theft by Israeli authorities in charge of inspecting travel documents. The BBC claims that an unnamed Israeli official has confirmed that there will not be a tit-for-tat expulsion of a British diplomat from Israel.

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