Saturday 16 December 2017

Who needs a hit team when you can use drones?

Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh is followed by two of his eventual assassins, believed to have been sent by Mossad
Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh is followed by two of his eventual assassins, believed to have been sent by Mossad

Ben Macintyre

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband was diplomatically livid. "Such misuse of British passports is intolerable". Israel had broken every rule, he said, by cloning British documents that were used by some of the hit-team sent to kill the Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel room.

In retaliation, the senior Mossad officer in London is heading home -- presumably on his own passport.

Mr Miliband is firmly opposed to state-sponsored identity theft. He did not, however, offer an opinion in his Commons statement on whether it is acceptable to break into a hotel room in a sovereign foreign country, inject its occupant with muscle relaxant and smother him with a pillow, as was al-Mabhouh's fate.

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