Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
Israel‘s Mossad secret service, more formally known as the Institute for Espionage and Special Tasks, has a long history of carrying out clandestine operations, including several spectacular assassinations. Much remains secret but cases that are documented have involved large teams of agents using false or stolen passports to disguise their Israeli origins.
The Mossad’s assassination unit has been known at different times as Caesarea and Kidon (Bayonet). Women agents have often been involved – there was reportedly one in the Dubai killing.
Israel’s official silence does not mean that it cannot be heard trumpeting its success. “The intelligence [about Dubai] was reliable and accurate,” commented the respected national security specialist Yossi Melman in the newspaper Haaretz earlier this month. “Even though Mabhouh knew Israeli intelligence had him in its sights and took stringent precautions they still managed to get him.”
Information released by Dubai shows the professionalism of the suspected assassins and their methods, Melman commented today, citing a novel written by a former Mossad officer, Mishka Ben-David, the plot of which bears a close similarity to the abortive poison attack on the Hamas leader Khaled Misha’al in Jordan in 1997. That case caused huge political embarrassment when two agents using false Canadian passports fled to the Israeli embassy in Amman.
This article was posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 5:11 am