Saturday, 20 February 2010

FOUR PLAY: ISRAEL; DUBAI; HAMAS & IRAN

Hello again folks! Dear Sally Richardson has sent me this report; received via Tony Pearce of "Light For The Last Days" from http://www.theisraelproject.org/ on the much-stoked-up furore enveloping Israel regarding the assassination of a notable Hamas terrorist operative in Dubai earlier this month.

"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 18-Feb-2010

Important Background Information on Death of Senior Hamas Operative in Dubai

We thought you would find the following information useful regarding the death of senior Hamas operative Mahmoud Mabhouh in Dubai. It was prepared by Tom Gross of Mideast Media Analysis. Mr. Gross has no affiliation with The Israel Project, we simply found this of great interest and wanted to share it with you as we know him to be a credible source. Israel is being lashed in some of the UK media, e.g. The Guardian, BBC Here is rebuttal material from Tom Gross * Dubai death may have the support of many actors

* Did the Saudis have a hand? Did British intelligence?
* Few weeping over death of Hamas master terrorist
* There's much we don't know about Mabhouh's death, so it's unwise to jump to conclusions

[This dispatch can also be read here - where you can see photos of two of Mabhouh's many child victims: http://www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/archives/001090.html]

CONTENTS
1. A death in Dubai
2. Has Israel been set up?
3. Data banks
4. Region-wide conflagration
5. Disappearing Iranians
6. "The incrimination of Israel"

A DEATH IN DUBAI - By Tom Gross

I previously wrote about the death of senior Hamas operative Mahmoud Mabhouh in the dispatch of 02-Feb-2010. [See the first note: titled "Israel has 'no comment' on Dubai death," here: http://www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/archives/001086.html]

Yesterday, without any actual evidence, the media in some European countries - notably Britain - went much further than even the media in Dubai, and blamed Israel unreservedly for Mabhouh's death.

Headlines included:

* Britons had passport details stolen by 'Mossad death squad' (Times of London)
* Terror of innocent Britons named as assassins: Why choose us, ask Britons whose identities were stolen by Mossad hit squad [Daily Mail, page 1]. Another story on page 4 of the Daily Mail was headlined: "Dragged into a Mossad murder plot" and photo captions in the paper described those involved as "Mossad agents" and "Mossad killers".
* And today the lead editorial in The Guardian is titled "Israeli assassinations: passports to kill".

Other papers mixed fact with pure nonsense about the supposed past exploits and misdeeds of Israeli intelligence.

Prominent international TV stations have also paid enormous attention to this story, also blaming Israel without any concrete evidence. For example, the first four stories on the 8 am World News broadcast on CNN International yesterday also concerned Mabhouh's death [even though it occurred four weeks earlier]. Only after those items did CNN report on the capture of the most senior Taliban commander since 2001, which many would argue is a far more important news story, both strategically in terms of international politics and specifically for the United States.

This morning CNN again led its news with a series of reports on the Dubai matter lasting 7 minutes, and BBC World led reports on the subject lasting almost 8 minutes. [The channels spent only a few seconds much later in their broadcasts mentioning the ongoing vicious fighting in Afghanistan involving U.S. and British troops, and failed to mention fresh Afghan civilian deaths there.]

Meanwhile, the former editor of the British tabloid newspaper The Sun, said "I'd be happy if someone used my passport to kill such a disgusting Hamas terrorist."

HAS ISRAEL BEEN SET UP?

I would make the following points further to my February 2 dispatch on this subject. [Journalists wishing to use these points can attribute them to me as quotes.]

* There seems a very real possibility that Israel is being set up. Airlines keep detailed passenger records these days and anyone could have got the flight manifestos of British and other passport holders who have flown to Israel in the past and then used these names in a deliberate attempt to point the finger of blame at Israel.
* The Dubai authorities have provided no forensic evidence that points to Israel, only a series of photos and videos of random hotel guests who may or may not all know each other. In any event, the persons shown in these photos and videos are not shown committing any crime. It would be very easy to frame Israel, using the identities of six randomly-chosen Israelis based on flight manifestos. This could have been done by anyone - and especially by persons who wanted to avoid being suspected of this action by blaming the Israelis and diverting attention from the real perpetrators.

DATA BANKS

* It is not necessarily a Middle Eastern actor that is behind what The Daily Telegraph called a "ruthlessly efficient assassination" and "a meticulously-planned operation." In this atmosphere of hypertension, where governments are fighting battles with terror organizations [often clandestinely] in many locations around the world, the intelligence agencies of many countries have created data banks of identities using flight lists and other sources. Persons with longstanding familiarity with intelligence matters tell me that many governments - and not just the European ones - use European operatives to carry out their killings, including in the cases of other previous assassinations in Dubai.
* It would be uncharacteristically stupid of Mossad operatives if they had in fact so easily allowed themselves to be filmed, and Mossad operatives are not stupid.
* Mabhouh entered Dubai on a fake passport and it may have been difficult for the Mossad to follow his footsteps and synchronize any assassination with his travel schedule. But Hamas knew his whereabouts and plans at all times, and so did the Iranians and presumably the Syrians.

REGION-WIDE CONFLAGRATION

* Many governments wanted Mabhouh out of the way, not only Israel. Sources confirm to me that the missiles Mabhouh was procuring from the Iranians had the capability of hitting central Tel Aviv, and were Hamas to use such missiles later this year, the Israeli response might lead to a region-wide conflagration, which many Western and Arab governments want to avoid.
* If Israel was responsible - and that is a very big if - it would be an indication of how strongly Israel feels it is being left with few other options in protecting its citizens from deadly threats. All the governments that have supported the Goldstone report have in effect told Israel that it cannot defend itself when attacked by missiles from Gaza in future, missiles that put over five million people at risk, so it would not be surprising if Israel decided it has no choice but to try and prevent those missiles reaching Gaza at an earlier stage in the supply chain.
* Sources tell me that this was a particularly significant trip by Mabhouh [to Dubai, the regional arms hub, from his home in Damascus], in which he was en route to procure weapons of particular significance. His present activity was viewed as a turning point in the type of weaponry being smuggled, and it was considered very important to intervene at an early stage.

DISAPPEARING IRANIANS

* The governments of Jordan and Egypt [where Mabhouh previously spent a year in prison in 2003] have sought Mabhouh for some time. Some Arab media have reported that the operation against Mabhouh may have been carried out by a rival Palestinian group and the photographed individuals have nothing to do with it.
* What is true is that someone is making increasing moves against operatives connected to the Iranian regime. In recent years, senior Iranian officials linked to the intelligence services or nuclear program have disappeared quietly, the latest one while on pilgrimage to Mecca. Perhaps the Saudis were responsible.

[All notes above by Tom Gross]

"THE INCRIMINATION OF ISRAEL"

In an editorial, the Israeli daily Yisrael Hayom reflects that "The events in Dubai prove to us once again that the world has totally changed for those dealing in terrorism and, unfortunately, for those seeking to foil it... The affair which is developing before our very eyes, is becoming weirder and weirder by the minute. So much so that it is even possible to surmise that this is not only about the Mahmoud al-Mabhouh assassination, but also about the incrimination of Israel." [end quote]

The above article needs reading a couple of times. It certainly represents a much needed counterbalance to all the outright bias and propaganda being engendered against Heretz Israel. Rememeber that Israel is not perfect. They never said they were. Hamas' charter includes the destruction of Israel and Jewish people currently living in [so-called] 'palestine'. Hamas not only seeks the mass murder of the Jewish population; it also engages in the intimidation of fellow muslims and [if you remember] the murders in Gaza of co-agitators against the Israeli state: Fatah. I know which side I'd rather be on. But - as with all things - I encourage you to check this out for yourself - divorced from the anti-Israeli hype being broadcast by the BBC; CNN; Sky; Fox News et al. This is all preparation for something much bigger. Real Bereans [Acts 17:11] are truly needed and in short supply; watchmen must warn; evangelists must compel; DO NOT BE DECEIVED and watch that periphery!

God bless you and God bless Israel ... Keith JS ... 19-Feb-2010

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