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May 5, 2010

The United Kingdom will not allow an official representative of Israel’s security services into the country, according to an Israeli report, until Israel promises, in writing, not to abuse British passports. Israel has so far refused, the report said.

The previous Mossad representative was expelled after British passports were reportedly used by Israeli agents to carry out an assassination in Dubai.

Ynet News via the Guardian:

UK ‘blocking’ Mossad return to London

Official reportedly prevented from taking up embassy post after Israel refuses to commit itself not to misuse British passports

 

Ian Black, Middle East editor
The Guardian, Wednesday 5 May 2010

Britain has refused to allow Israel’s Mossad secret service to send a representative back to the country’s London embassy following the row over the killing of a Hamas operative by agents using forged UK passports.

Israel’s Yediot Aharonot newspaper reported yesterday that the Foreign Office is digging in its heels because Israel is refusing to commit itself not to misuse British passports in future clandestine operations.

Neither Britain nor Israel gave any details of the embassy official who was ordered to leave the country in March after an investigation by the Serious Organised Crime Agency showed that the Mossad was behind the passport theft.

But the official was understood to be an intelligence officer who was known to the UK authorities and worked as official liaison with Britain’s MI6. There was no suggestion the officer was personally involved in the passports affair.

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This combination image made from undated photos released by the Dubai Ruler’s Media Office on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, which were claimed by Dubai’s Police Chief to show eleven suspects wanted in connection with the killing of a Hamas commander, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, in his Dubai hotel room last month. (From left to right, top row): Evan Dennings of Irish nationality, Gail Folliard of Irish nationality, James Leonard Clarke of British nationality, Jonathan Louis Graham of British nationality; (From left to right, middle row) Michael Bodenheimer of German nationality, Paul John Keeley of British nationality, Michael Lawrence Barney of British nationality; (From left to right, bottom row) Peter Elvinger of French nationality, Kevin Daveron of Irish nationality, Melvyn Adam Mildiner of British nationality, Stephen Daniel Hodes of British nationality.

The Israeli Ambassador has revealed no further information after being summoned to the Foreign Office to answer charges that a hit squad stole the identities of six Britons as cover for an assassination plot in Dubai.

Speaking after a meeting with Sir Peter Rickett’s, Ron Prosor said: ‘I was unable to add additional information to Sir Peter Ricketts’s request.’

He told reporters it was ‘not the usual way’ to talk about what happens in meetings such as the one he had with Sir Peter.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1251830/Hamas-assassination-Israeli-envoy-summoned-faked-UK-passports.html#ixzz0ftihUPqC

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