A recent mission by up to 17 people, including one woman, believed by many observers to have been perpetrated by the Mossad, which is the Israeli version of our CIA, was extraordinary.
It rivals the commando raid conducted by the IDF in 1976, now referred to as Operation Entebbe when the IDF rescued 244 hostages and a crew of 12 on a plane that had been hijacked by Muslim terrorists and flown to Uganda where the then-dictator Idi Amin gave the terrorists sanctuary. I recall waking up in a friend’s home on a Sunday and seeing The New York Times report on the rescue. I thought, “Hallelujah!!”
When it was announced that Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a Hamas official and terrorist, had been assassinated on January 19, 2010 in his hotel room in Dubai and the assassination team had safely left Dubai, I again thought, “hallelujah” and I, like most others, believed that it was the Mossad that accomplished this great feat. The Times reported, “Israel had wanted Mr. Mabhouh for his role in the capture and killing of two Israeli soldiers in 1989 and for smuggling weapons to Hamas, which controls Gaza.”
Those who planned the operation used the passports of British, French, Irish and German citizens, taking them apparently from Israelis without their knowledge and used them to enter Dubai. The governments of Britain, France, Ireland and Germany have formally protested the use of their passports to gain entry into Dubai. However, isn’t that what spies do, including their spies? I hope so.
Those who have denounced Israel for allegedly assassinating Mr. Mabhouh should be reminded that Hamas is at war with Israel.
Hamas’ covenant, a constitution of sorts, calls for the expulsion of all Jews who entered the Mandate of Palestine beginning with 1917 up to and including the present State of Israel, and of course, the elimination of that state. Furthermore, Mr. Mabhouh, besides being a confessed murderer of Israeli soldiers, is reported to have been actively smuggling missiles and other weapons into Gaza from Iran intended to reach Tel Aviv and other major Israeli cities.
Israel’s policy as I understand it is to pursue and kill those responsible for the murder of Israeli citizens, no matter how long it takes, as was demonstrated by its calling to account those who assassinated the Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic games in 1972.
When the U.S. recently announced that our forces had killed 12 of the top 20 members of the Taliban in Pakistan, I mouthed another “hallelujah.” There is a major difference between acts committed when a state of war exists and pursuing someone who has committed a criminal act. For more than 60 years, Israel has been engaged in a war for survival.
Pursuing and killing enemies in war time does not require that a Miranda warning be provided.
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