UK barring replacement of London’s Mossad resident
May 5, 2010 1 Comment
By IAN ALLEN | intelNews.org |
The British government is officially preventing the replacement of Israeli intelligence service Mossad’s London representative, after it expelled his predecessor six weeks ago. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced the expulsion in March, in response to the use of at least 12 forged British passports by a Mossad hit squad, whose members traveled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, last January, to assassinate Hamas weapons procurer Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. According to Israeli media, the British Foreignand Commonwealth Office has requested written assurances from Israel that it will refrain from using British travel documents in future intelligence operations. But the Israeli government is so far refusing to comply with Britain’s request, claiming that doing so would amount to “an admission of culpability” in the assassination of al-Mabhouh. Israel’s refusal to provide written assurances has brought about the current stalemate, which is also affecting the traditionally close relationship between the Mossad and MI6, Britain’s foremost external intelligence organization. Commenting on the stalemate, a British Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson refused to give precise information, but stated that “any Israeli request for the diplomat [sic] to be replaced would be considered against the context of these UK requests”.