David Milliband, the British Foreign Secretary says there was “compelling evidence” that Israel has been responsible for misuse of British passports as part of a plot to kill one of the most prominent members of Hamas.
UK Expels Israeli Diplomat
For those of you who think I am digressing from my US political obsession I am not, but the UK actions this Tuesday were significant. I have deliberately not addressed the Dubai murder mystery, waiting for more factual information or ideas to form..and today I believe that has happened. First, let’s review what happened in Dubai:
In Jan. of 2010 – Mahmoud al-Mabhouh a member of Hamas was in Dubai, he was found dead in his hotel room. The Dubai authorities pieced together surveillance tapes and literally showed the assassins from the point of entry to exit, every step of the way was recorded. (You can view the video here). It reeked of Mossad, the Israeli foreign intelligence agency, yet there was not confirmed proof. Israel for its part has always refused to confirm or deny any Mossad activities, rather convenient isn’t it?
Turns out there were forged, fraudulent passports involved from a variety of countries, including, but not limited to Britain, Ireland, France and Australia. Needless to say these governments were very upset, how did this happen? Well today, David Milliband, the Foreign Secretary announced that there was “compelling evidence” that Israel was responsible for misuse of British passports as part of a plot to kill a prominent member of Hamas.
He went on to say that given the high quality of the forgery on the passports it was “highly likely” that they were made by a state intelligence service.
“This, together with other enquiries, and the links to Israel established by Soca, [means] we have concluded that there are compelling reasons to believe that Israel was responsible for the misuse of British passports”
Here comes the kicker: Miliband went on to say the UK government took the matter extremely seriously and had written to the Israeli administration seeking assurances that such misuse would never happen again.
The misuse of UK passports not only presented a hazard to British nationals in the region but also represented a “profound disregard” for the sovereignty of the United Kingdom, the foreign secretary said.
“The fact that this was done by a country that is a friend with significant diplomatic, cultural, business and personal ties to the UK only adds insult to injury. No country or government could stand by in such a situation.”
Guess what the Israeli government has not responded directly, gee really?
He went on to confirm that Britain had demanded the withdrawal of an Israeli diplomat following the “intolerable” use of 12 forged British passports by a hit squad that killed the founder of Hamas’s military wing in Dubai.
Miliband attacked the “profound disregard” for UK sovereignty and said the apparent involvement of a friendly nation “added insult to injury”.
(source http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/7503921/Britain-to-expel-Mossads-man-in-London-over-Dubai-assassination.html, you can also watch Miliband)
Ok, now let’s go across the pond as it were and what is going on in our backyard America? Guess who’s coming to dinner? Binyamin Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister gave a defiant speech in Washington to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee where he announces that Jersalem is not a settlement but the capital of Israel. See the video http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2010/mar/23/binyamin-netanyahu-washington-speech
Let’s review: Jerusalem and its final status is a point of contention in the Palestinian issue.
Let’s review: Biden was insulted when in Israel trying to jump start the peace process and Israel announced that they would build another 1,600 apartments in East Jerusalm.
Let’s review: On Jan. 16, General Petreus, you remember him? The fellow in charge of Afghanistan. He sent a team of senior miilitary briefers to the US and reported that there was a growing perception among Arab leaders that the U.S. was incapable of standing up to Israel, that CENTCOM’s mostly Arab constituency was losing faith in American promises, that Israeli intransigence on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was jeopardizing U.S. standing in the region. Read the whole article at http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/03/14/the_petraeus_briefing_biden_s_embarrassment_is_not_the_whole_story
Let’s Connect the Dots: We want our troops home, we want out of Afghanistan. Does anybody disagree? What is slowing us from making an exit? Let’s see according to the guy on the ground he has put his finger right on it, we have to solve the Arab Israeli crisis, and maybe, just maybe we shouldn’t be telling Israel that we are best friends forever, maybe just maybe we should be telling them – you know what…it is not acceptable for you to involve other countries in your James Bond “hits”, it is not acceptable for you to make unilateral inflammatory statements when everybody is trying to save you ass and find some peaceful resolution, you cannot keep pissing in everybody’s pool and not expect somebody to come over and shit in your sandbox!
Of course now we all want to know who this Israeli diplomat was? Don’t we? Miliband did not say..but according to the UK newspaper the Telegraph it was…. “A government official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment ahead of the statement, says Britain will expel one Israeli diplomat. Sources disclosed that the individual is MOSSAD’S London representative.
Source: Political Monkey 2010’s Blog
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