Israel’s prime minister has been implicated in the murder of a Hamas leader in Dubai last month.
British and Israeli media are reporting that Benjamin Netanyahu personally gave the green light to Israeli Mossad agents to kill Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.
The claim was first made in London’s Sunday Times and repeated in Tel Aviv daily, Haaretz. The Sunday Times says Israel suspected Mabhouh went to Dubai to arrange an arms shipment to Hamas militants in Gaza, but was killed in his hotel room by a Mossad hit squad carrying fake European passports.
Israel has neither confirmed nor denied Mossad’s involvement but its foreign minister faces sharp questions from his British and Irish counterparts in Brussels on Monday.
They want to know how copies of their citizens’ passports fell into the hands of the 11 suspected assassins, who are now wanted by Interpol.
Meanwhile in Gaza, a Hamas spokesman has denied that a Hamas member leaked information on Mabhouh’s whereabouts to Mossad. The Palestinian militant group says that Mabhouh exposed himself by talking about his trip over the phone and booking hotel rooms online.
The spy case has gripped Dubai, a hub of international exchange and intrigue, whose hotel walls are often privy to the world of spies and covert deals.