What Did Mossad Get Wrong?

If you were a gambling man down to your last million dollars, you could safely bet the lot on the fact that Israel will not be punished for the Mossad’s murder of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary David Miliband initially described the abuse of British passports as “outrageous” and said an investigation was underway. Yes, but there’s a general election approaching in the UK, and that alone is (sadly) a good enough reason for each of the three main political parties to avoid any kind of confrontation with Israel which could be costly in terms of Jewish donations in particular and support in general. (It’s not impossible that when Prime Minister Netanyahu and Mossad chief Meir Dagan were discussing the possible diplomatic and political fall-out if anything went wrong, Netanyahu said to Dagan something like, “The British won’t make any problems for us, they’ve got an election coming.”)

But even if there’s to be no punishment, what happened in Dubai has been deeply damaging to Israel’s already badly tarnished image in the world (I mean the world of so-called ordinary people if not that of their governments). It adds to the correct impression that the Zionist state’s leaders have complete contempt for international law and what the world thinks, and that the state itself is becoming, if it is not already, a monster beyond control.

On the assumption that Mossad didn’t want the operation to be as counter-productive as it is in terms of Israel’s image, the question arising is what did it, Mossad, get wrong?

It seems to me there are only two possible answers.

One is that the shocking and awesome arrogance and self-righteousness which are hallmarks of Zionism led Mossad to believe that the Dubai authorities were too incompetent to fit all the pieces, CCTV footage and other clues, together.

The other is that Mossad and its political masters thought they had enough arm-twisting influence with the authorities in Dubai and further afield in the Arab world to prevent any embarrassing disclosures.

In either case, Mossad and its political masters were wrong.

Alan Hart has been engaged with events in the Middle East and globally as a researcher, author, and a correspondent for ITN and the BBC. Read other articles by Alan, or visit Alan's website.

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  1. MichaelKenny said on February 22nd, 2010 at 1:11pm #

    The more hurry, the less speed, they say! I think that the Israeli elite is panicking because they see that American power is collapsing and without American power, Israel cannot exist. They have already accepted the one-state solution and are frantically trying to put themselves in the best negotiating position for the post-US world. Hence, the wild colonising of the West Bank and tis kind of attempt to eliminate as many “awkward” Palestinian leaders as possible. Their frantic sense of urgency and traditional Jewish flat-footedness has led them to spit in their friends’ faces. Only desperate people, with a sense of their own defeat in their hearts, do such foolish things! Bottom line: the Israelis are convinced that the Palestinians are going to win.

  2. mary said on February 22nd, 2010 at 2:26pm #

    A predictable result on a Jewish Chronicle vote. No shame. No conscience.


  3. bozh said on February 22nd, 2010 at 3:36pm #

    It does seem that US and at least some europen lands are not allowing ‘jews’ to throw out israeli and palestinian pal’ns.
    If that is true, it bodes unwell for the ‘zionists’. From this point of view, it makes sense for ‘settling’ WB while nato/US is allowing it.
    They most likely wld not be able to do that once the region and wld-be-state is reestablished as one binat’l state.
    I wonder if russians wld be happy with one state solution and wld stay or hope US wld accept them?tnx

  4. Mulga Mumblebrain said on February 23rd, 2010 at 11:21am #

    mary,of course the question of shame and conscience does not come into it. When you truly believe yourself to be the supreme life-form in the Universe, that other humans are closer to animals than to yourselves, that, in any case, all the goyim merely exist to either serve you or try to kill you,and that the Palestinians you kill like cockroaches are simply ‘human dust’, than this murder is nothing.Besides the years of child-murder, the school-children shot through the head by snipers, those killed with white phosphorus,the ‘confirming the kill’ in emptying an entire clip into a dying 13 year old girl and those children terrorised into neurotic trauma by supersonic overflights, this simple extermination is almost unremarkable. Of course the Judaic fascists, who,we must never forget, are not all the Jews,although clearly a majority these days, are rejoicing.After all, following the Yesha Council of Rabbis and Torah Sages, killing enemy civilians is a mitzvah,or good deed.How much less problematic the killing of one who dared to actively resist his betters, and his people’s pitiless tormenters. I’d say that this allegedly ‘incompetent’ killing was a deliberate affront to the goyim. The Judeofascists are saying, yet again, ‘In this world WE are the ultimate authority. Stuff the UN, and the Geneva Conventions. We kill who we like. If you don’t like it, perhaps you’ll be next.Perhaps we’ll use our hundreds of thermo-nuclear weapons to ‘obliterate’ Iran. Who’s going to stop us?And if we do our army of Sabbat Goy stooges, the enthusiastic woul-be Jews and the mere employees, and our racist and xenophobic allies throughout the West will leap to our defence, blaming the victims for their insufferable Jew-hatred’ and vilifying those who dare complain as ‘anti-Semites, a mostly imaginary category that our stooges are slowly outlawing, hence providing us with the total impunity that God’s Chosen People demand and expect’.