The word Israel was not mentioned in their statement. But the message was clear as European Union Foreign Ministers condemned the use of forged EU passports by the killers of a Palestinian militant.
Israel’s secret services are widely suspected of being behind the assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai, last month.
Meeting in Brussels, EU ministers said citizens rights had been violated.
“Across Europe there is real concern,” said British Foreign Minister David Miliband. “I think that the statement that we put out talks about how profoundly disturbed the Foreign Ministers of the European Union are by the issues raised in respect of the killing. It is vital that relations between states are conducted on a basis that is clear and transparent. It is also important to say that Israel, in some ways above all countries, has the most to gain from a Middle East that is based on the rule of law. And that is why I think it is right to take these issues to the highest level in Israel and ask for their full cooperation in the inquiry.”
The EU’s discontent was made clear to the Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, on a visit to Brussels. He has repeated Israel’s position that there there is no proof it had any involvement in the affair.