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Uri Avnery on the Mossad assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai

A few thoughts 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 Shalom.

Our people say … our intelligence community is like no other. The Jewish brain has invented the Mossad, which knows everything and is capable of everything. (Mossad – “institute” – is short for the “Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations”.) … In one field, so they say, our Mossad performs like no other: assassinations. (Sorry, “eliminations”.)

When the problems started to become apparent, and the photos of the assassins appeared on TV all over the world, the enthusiasm cooled. Were they not aware that Dubai was full of cameras that record every movement?

An old and proven Israeli method was brought into play: to take some marginal detail and discuss it passionately, ignoring the main issue. Concentrate on one particular tree and divert attention from the forest.

Everybody understood that the British and the Irish were obliged, pro forma, to protest, but that this was nothing but going through the motions. Behind the scenes, there are intimate connections between the Mossad and the other intelligence agencies. After some weeks, everything will be forgotten.

From the strategic point of view, the Dubai operation causes heavy damage to the Israeli government’s policy, which defines Iran’s putative nuclear bomb as an existential threat to Israel. The campaign against Iran helps it to divert the world’s attention from the ongoing occupation and settlement, and induces the US, Europe and other countries to dance to its tune.

The impact of the operation on Israel’s standing in the world is significant. The Dubai affair is reinforcing the image of Israel as a bully state, a rogue nation that treats world public opinion with contempt, a country that conducts gang warfare, that sends mafia-like death squads abroad, a pariah nation to be avoided by right-minded people.

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One Response to “Uri Avnery on the Mossad assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai”

  1. Al Jazeera television reported on Wednesday that Dubai’s police chief plans to seek the arrest of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the head of the Mossad over the killing of the Hamas leader in the emirate.


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