Mossad agent denied official entry into London

The UK’s upset about the Mossad allegedly using British passports in an assassination operation earlier this year; in retaliation, the Mossad has been banned from placing an agent in Israel’s embassy in London.

Although Israel has not claimed any responsibility for killing Palestinian militant Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai this February, Britain believes the Mossad to have been behind the operation. Al-Mabhouh was, after all, instrumental to the smuggling of Iranian weapons to Gaza to support Palestinian Islamists.

British passportsWhat does the UK want from Israel? A commitment not to misuse British passports in future operations. Apparently it has been the Mossad’s refusal to submit to this condition that forced the UK to deny the spy agency an official presence in London.

No news on the identity of the specific agent denied return, but apparently he was not involved in the theft of the passports, and was actually the official liaison between MI6 and the Mossad.

At the end of the day, the UK and Israel are on the same page when it comes to fighting terrorism and putting a stop to Iran’s nuclear armament plans. Israel does not seem too concerned about Britain’s blocked border, seeing as it has not retaliated with a quid-pro-quo move. That said, Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot reports that Israeli officials are looking to repair their relationship with the UK as quickly as possible.

The UK Foreign Office has said, “…we look to Israel to rebuild the trust we believe is required for the full and open relationship we would like. We have asked for specific assurances from Israel, which would clearly be a positive step towards rebuilding that trust. Any Israeli request for the diplomat to be replaced would be considered against the context of these UK requests.”

Apparently British passports were not the only ones misused in the February assassination plot. Irish, Australian, French and German passports – some forged, some stolen – were also employed, along with masterful disguises.

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