The likely Mossad assassination of the Hamas official in Dubai is turning into yet another PR disaster for Israel.
The lives of the six British citizens whose identities were stolen by a Mossad assassination team are in danger, and they should not even consider leaving their homes in Israel for at least two years, a former senior officer in the Israeli intelligence agency warned yesterday. The British relatives of those whose passports were used by Mossad should also be aware of the risk of revenge attacks for the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, one of the founders of Hamas’s military wing, in Dubai last month, he added.
Victor Ostrovsky, a former colonel in Mossad, said: “If they go outside the country, why wouldn’t they be a target? For Hamas, just to send a message.”
A lieutenant commander in the Israeli navy before being recruited by Mossad, the former agent and author of The Other Side of Deception – which the Israeli government tried to ban in the 1990s – said the men should not try to travel abroad: “They’re safe so to speak, until somebody kills them. I would tell them: do not travel outside the country for at least two years, under any circumstances.”