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The Australian public is getting a good, long hard look at Israeli behaviour

The latest developments in the Australia/Israeli passport scandal:

First this:

A terrified Australian woman whose identity was used in the assassination of a top Hamas official says the federal government has not yet offered her any help.

Pregnant Nicole McCabe, 27, said she had no idea how her identity was stolen, as she still had her Australian passport in her Tel Aviv apartment, where she lives with husband Tsahi Look.

Australian authorities have not yet contacted Ms McCabe over the revelations she is among three Australians whose stolen identities were used in the killing of senior Hamas operative Mahmud al-Mabhuh in a Dubai hotel room last month.

“I don’t understand why nobody has called me to offer help from the government,” Ms McCabe told News Limited.

“Nobody. Not one phone call.

“I’m surprised the embassy has not contacted me. I’m going to call them tomorrow to ask for help.

“I’m terrified. I haven’t slept and I’m shaky.

“I’m worried for my health and I’m worried for my baby’s health.

“I have no idea how they got hold of my passport, Obviously it’s not my photo.

Ms McCabe, who is six months pregnant, has lived in Israel for two-and-a-half years and last left six months ago when she visited Australia and Thailand.

Joshua Bruce and Adam Korman also had their identities stolen and used in fake passports held by the alleged assassins.

Mossad, Israel’s secret service, is believed to be behind the organised hit.

And now Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has toned down his language against Israel:

Australia is not satisfied with Israeli explanations about the fraudulent use of Australian passports in the assassination of a Hamas operator, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says.

Mr Rudd said today the federal government had to “proceed very carefully” in the controversy because of its complex security nature.

Israeli’s ambassador to Australia was summoned on Thursday for an urgent meeting with Foreign Minister Stephen Smith.

“When it comes to Australian passport fraud or the use and abuse of Australian passports, this government has an absolutely hard line on defending the integrity of our passport system because millions of the travelling public depend on that each year,” Mr Rudd told reporters in Adelaide on Saturday.

“That is why the foreign minister has called in the Israeli ambassador and asked for an explanation.

“Thus far we are not satisfied with that explanation.”

Assassins with suspected links to the Israeli spy agency Mossad are believed to have stolen the identities of three Victorians.

The suspects were then involved in the murder of senior Hamas operator Mahmud al-Mabhuh in a Dubai luxury hotel on January 20.

Mr Rudd sidestepped criticism from one of the three Australians involved that they had not been contacted by Australian officials.

Nicole McCabe, 27, said she had no idea how her identity was stolen, as she still had her Australian passport in her Tel Aviv apartment, where she lives with husband.

Mr Rudd said: “My advice is that Australian officials have been in contact with a range of those associated with the most recent matters.

“Because these involve very complex and security intelligence matters, we have to proceed very carefully.

“I am just weighing my words very carefully.

“I wish to tread very carefully with the security and intelligence matters which arise in relation to each of the individuals and families concerned with this matter.

“Therefore I’m choosing my words very carefully so as not to compromise any person or so as not to compromise any continuing investigation.”

6 comments ↪
  • Glengyron

    The rhetoric has been toned down in the face of the lack of evidence.

    Unless the identity or one of these assassins is confirmed, or some link directly to the Israeli government comes through, this whole issue will go no where.

  • iResistDe4iAm

    26 Israeli Mossad agents unmasked and now wanted by Interpol

    26 Israeli death squad killers out of a job

    26 Israeli terrorists off the world's streets

    PRICELESS

     

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/8517716.stm

  • ej

    The Foreign Affairs Minister, dogsbody for PM Rudd and DPM Gillard, Israeli dogsbodies, made a 'media release' on 3 February.

    "Today I announce the appointment of Ms Andrea Faulkner as Australia’s Ambassador to Israel. Ms Faulkner replaces Mr James Larsen who has been Ambassador since September 2006. She is expected to take up her appointment in March 2010.

    Australia and Israel’s longstanding and warm friendship is based on Australia’s historical support for Israel and our shared commitment to freedom, security and democracy."

    Ms McCabe should be reassured to know that Australia and Israel share a 'commitment to freedom, security and democracy'. Whose freedom and whose security is not made clear. Certainly not Ms McCabe's. And democracy of course has nothing to do with it.

    But why Ms MsCabe should be preoccupied with the Australian authorities is unclear. Her loyalties are to the Israeli state, and the bosom of that state to which she has committed herself has cast her adrift. As an olim who was promised the ultimate sanctuary, she has confronted that the promise was hollow.

    Ah the ironies. And, as the Oz (of all papers) so trenchantly put it, the normally 'voluble' AIPAC, etc., have lost their voice.

    You couldn't make it up. There's a movie in this. A Spielberg tear-jerker for the faithful. As the above commenter noted: PRICELESS.

  • Don't post this

    long hard look? at Israeli behaviour

  • Mary

    Ms. McCabe is surely a tool of the Israeli government for her statements implying that Australia is to blame for her woes because they haven't "directly" contacted her.

    It makes me think  that Ms. McCabe is not all that innocent herself.  It is true that Israel was sending their olem back to Australia to change their surnames to Anglo names in the service of the Mossad so that entry could be gained to Lebanon, Syria and Iran, is it not?  If Ms. McCabe is one of those who changed their names, I am not at all surprised that Rudd would weigh his words carefully when asked to weigh in on her situation.

    I suspect that this is the reason for that conveniently-timed leak to the press that the ASIO is investigating dual citizens who have changed their names in order to facilitate spying for Israel.

    I don't think Australia is walking this back at all.  They changed their vote on the Goldstone report over this!

    Regardless of the ridiculous hasbara that this is blowing over and that Mossad is soaring in popularity, the fact remains that 26 of their agents are wanted by Interpol for murder with their faces plastered all over the world and Dubai is doing its very best to completely blow the Mossad networks all over the Middle East and beyond.

  • Kevin Charles Herber

     

    The Israeli Government & their fanatical global diaspora are seen YET AGAIN, for the intellectually & morally corrupt rabble they truly are.

    Decent Jews globally are seeing the Israel dream completely trashed YET AGAIN…what kind of gold medal chutzpah will we hear from the various far right Zionist groups in Oz over this incident.

    I spo'se they could grant themselves a temporary, say, 48 hour self-hating Jew status, tell the truth, then revert to their normal " we will defend Israel's apartheid, State sanctioned murder, crimes against humanity & war crimes" stance.

    I say why not give it a try, you Aussie far right Zionists…'cos nothing else is working, that's for bloody sure.