We’ve written several times about the apparent killing of Hamas terrorist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai. The London Times has been all over the story; its latest report, based largely on “Israeli sources,” is interesting if true. The Times story, which is in part a profile of Mossad chief Meir Dagan and appears to have been leaked by his enemies, claims that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu personally approved the killing. It purports to answer one of the puzzling questions about the apparent assassination:
When suspicions did arise, it was only because of Dubai’s extensive system of CCTV cameras that the work of the assassination team was revealed.
The cameras recorded the hit-team’s movements, from the moment its members landed in Dubai to the moment they left. Last week their photographs were released by the Dubai police and splashed across the world’s newspapers and television screens.
Mossad is now deeply embarrassed. …
One well-informed Israeli source said: “The operative teams were very much aware of the CCTV in Dubai, but they have been astonished at the ability of the Dubai police to reconstruct and assemble all the images into one account.”