What Did Mossad Get Wrong?

by Alan Hart / February 22nd, 2010

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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