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Meir Dagan: The Mastermind Behind Mossad’s Secret War

In the northern suburbs of Tel Aviv, the headquarters of Mossad, the Israeli secret intelligence agency, known as the “midrasha”. Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, steps out of his car and is greeted by Meir Dagan, the 64-year-old head of the agency. As the man who gives final authorisation for such operations, Netanyahu was briefed on plans to kill Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a member of Hamas, the militant Islamic group that controls Gaza.

Because of Dubai’s extensive system of CCTV cameras, authorities recorded the hit-team’s movements, from the moment its members landed in Dubai to the moment they left. Last week their photographs were released by the Dubai police and splashed across the world’s newspapers and television screens.

Mossad is now deeply embarrassed. Its use of the identities of British, French, German and Irish nationals as cover for agents to carry out the hit has angered western governments. In the ensuing diplomatic fall-out, sources close to Mossad said yesterday that it had suspended similar operations in the Middle East, mainly because of fear that heightened security would put its agents at greater risk. Dagan’s job is also on the line.

Dubai is calling for an international arrest warrant to be issued against Dagan and says it will release more information confirming that this was a Mossad killing. The mastermind of Mossad may yet find himself a casualty of his own secret war.

The Times

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One Response to “Meir Dagan: The Mastermind Behind Mossad’s Secret War”

  1. […] on the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior Hamas officer, which many attribute to the Israeli Mossad. The writer, Uri Avnery, is an Israeli writer and peace activist with Gush […]


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