Hamas Dubai killing details described in novel by Mossad agent

February 16, 2010

Mishka Ben David

 The bits of information available and the camera images shown by the police about the killing of Hamas leader Mahmoud Al Mabhouh in Dubai suggest methods used by the Mossad that are depicted in a novel written by an Israeli former intelligence agent, an Israeli paper said.

According to Haaretz, Mishka Ben-David wrote about the Mossad operation details in detail in his novel ‘Duet in Beirut’.

“Ben-David, who served as the intelligence officer for the Caesarea operations branch of the Mossad, insists that his novel is a work of fiction. However, it is obvious to all that the experience he accumulated in the Mossad over the years appears in his book.”

In “Duet in Beirut”, Ben-David describes the Mossad agents, changing hotels, changing vehicles, arriving from different destinations, and changing clothes and appearances in order to make identification difficult, the newspaper said.

On the security camera footage in Dubai, two of the suspects are seen changing clothes. Haaretz reports that the actual capture of the suspects on film may reveal their identities and suggested only partial success of the operation.

The paper believes that even if the police in Dubai manage to receive information from Interpol regarding the suspects’ passports, they will reveal fictitious names and possibly forged passports.
The only weak point that may lead to the identification of the group behind the assassination, Haaretz said, is the arrest in Dubai of two Palestinians linked to the operation and provided logistical information.

“Even if they are connected to the killing, we can assume that they know very little that would help identify the perpetrators. Such operations involve stringent compartmentalization, not only among the members of the teams, but also with those assisting them and who may have provided information that allowed them to actually carry out the assassination,” Haaretz said.


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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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