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Robert Fisk suspects European countries of colluding with Israel in Dubai killing

The fallout from the assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mahbouh is still front page news in Britain and Israel. The Independent’s Robert Fisk suspects Britain and other European countries colluded with Mossad in al-Mahbouh’s killing. THURSDAY, 18th FEBRUARY, 2010

 

 
The left-leaning Israeli daily Haaretz says in its editorial that troubling questions have come out of Dubai. “If Israel is behind last month’s assassination of senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mahbouh, it may be assumed that anybody who tried to appropriate some of the glory regrets it now… What at first seemed like a “clean” operation turned out to be wracked by negligent mishaps.”
 
Also in Haaretz, columnist Gideon Levy examines the morality of secret service assassinations.
 
Assuming that Mossad was involved, “do we really want to live in a country with death squads, that sends the cream of its youth to suffocate people with pillows in hotel rooms and has a man who approves these actions as its prime minister?
 
“What do these liquidators tell their children when they get home safe and sound? That today they killed someone with a pillow? That they dressed up as tennis players, just like in the movies? And what do they say when they look in the mirror? That all’s fair and right in the war on terror? That they have made a contribution to the state’s security?”
 
 The veteran Middle East correspondent for British daily The Independent suspects Britain may have colluded in the assassination of the Hamas leader. Fisk says he has heard from an impeccable source in Lebanon who told him 18 people were involved in the killing: the 11 already named, two Palestinians currently being questioned by the Dubai police and five others. The source also told Fisk that the command room for the operation was in Austria.
 
Fisk concludes, “In the 1956 Suez War, Britain and France cooperated with Israel to invade Egypt. Both London and Paris denied the plot. They were lying. He says for Dubai which was a former British colony and suspects that Britain may have connived in the murder of a visiting Hamas official, this is too much. There is much more to come out of this story. We will wait to see if there are any replies in Europe.”
 
Other stories in today’s international papers:
 
Le Figaro: « In Haiti, Sarkozy offers French aid »
 
Haiti Liberté: “Sarkozy in Haiti”
 
The Independent: “Britain’s explanation is riddled with inconsistencies. It’s time to come clean”
 
Le Figaro: “In Haiti, Sarkozy offers French aid”
 
The Guardian: “Ce n'est pas pinot noir: E&J Gallo conned into buying cheap plonk from French vineyards”
 
The Guardian: “It's a sad truth, but there is a lot of fake wine out there”
 
The Daily Mail: “Kay Burley has to say sorry for mistaking Ash Wednesday cross on U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's forehead for a bruise”

 

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