This morning, new evidence came to light, which questions whether Israel's secret service, the Mossad, was behind the assassination of the Hamas commander Mahmoud Al Mabhouh in Dubai.
According to a new report from Reuters "Dubai has identified 15 new suspects in the assassination of a Hamas official at a Dubai luxury hotel, bringing the total number of people believed involved in the death to 26, the government said on Wednesday."The report then goes on to say
"Dubai police also released passport photos and closed-circuit television footage of the suspects, and said two of them had left Dubai by boat for Iran."
The new information regarding the escape of the suspects to Iran throws new light on this situation, especially when it comes to the alleged involvement of the Mossad.
If the Mossad was really behind this operation, its very unlikely that its operatives would escape to Iran, a country which is a sworn enemy of Israel and more importantly is a police state, in which foreign intelligence agencies find it extremely difficult to operate. In such a case, the Mossad would not only put its operatives at the risk of being arrested by Dubai authorities, it would also risk the arrest of its hit men or women by the Iranians. This would be even more risky than the operation in Dubai.
Mahmoud Al Mabhouh was an enemy of Israel. The fact that 6 of the forged identities were based on people who live in Israel has made it easier to accuse the Mossad. However Mossad's implication in this case by no means is a foregone conclusion. It is still very possible that another country was behind this operation. After all, its not impossible to find the identities of Israeli citizens who hold dual nationality and to forge passports based on their names. It is not just Israel who could do this.
For now, patience is urged and careful examination of the facts are called for.