Britain has confirmed it has expelled an Israeli diplomat.
This over the use of forged British passports by suspected killers of a Hamas commander in Dubai.
Foreign Secretary David Miliband made a statement on the issue to parliament.
“Given that this was a very sophisticated operation, in which high quality forgeries were made, the government judges it is highly likely that the forgeries were made by a state intelligence service,” he said. “Taking this together with other inquiries, and the link to Israel established by SOCA (the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency), we have concluded that there are compelling reasons to believe that Israel was responsible for the misuse of the British passports.”
Some 27 alleged members of the team that tracked and killed the Palestinian have been named. They are said to have used fraudulent British, Irish, French, German and Australian passports.
The Hamas official killed was Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied a role in the murder.