Israel warned against Mossad forging Irish passports for international terrorist operations

THE Irish Foreign Affairs Minister has told Sinn Féin that Ireland has warned Israel that there should be no repeat of its secret agent assassins using Irish passports to carry out state terrorist operations against Palestinian opponents.

Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe (Foreign Affairs) wrote to Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan to ask if his attention had been drawn to comments made by the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland in an interview with the Irish Examiner on 10 October in which the Tel Aviv Government representative said that he could not guarantee that Irish passports would not be forged again by the Israeli secret service, Mossad.

Mossad agents used forged Irish passports six years ago to assassinate Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a Palestinian activist, in the United Arab Emirates. Six forged Irish passports were used, some with real numbers. An Israeli Embassy official in Dublin was consequently expelled for the diplomatic violation and putting Irish citizens at risk.

But when Israeli Ambassador Zeev Boker was asked by the Irish Examiner if he would guarantee there would be no repetition, he replied:

“We cannot guarantee about everything. What has been discussed in the past has been discussed.

“I cannot guarantee. I’m a diplomat. I work in the Foreign Ministry.”


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