Britain will expel an Israeli diplomat on Tuesday to reprove Israel for allegedly using forged British passports in the assassination of Hamas operative, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a luxury hotel room in Dubai.
Foreign Secretary David Miliband was supposed to address Parliament over the issue, following an investigation into the use of the 12 fake U.K. passports. Britain’s Foreign Office would not provide any details of Miliband’s statement in advance.
Israel’s foreign ministry confirmed that the country’s ambassador to Britain, Ron Prosor was called to London’s Foreign Office on Monday for talks, but did not give further details.
Diplomatic expulsions are a rarely used sanction against foreign governments. Britain kicked out four Russian diplomats in 2007 over the country’s refusing to extradite to London one suspect in the poisoning death of Alexander Litvinenko.
Hang on a Second England
Needless to say Knesset members are outraged by this action – remember, Israel has confessed nothing, further, nothing can be proven in the smooth hit. MK Arieh Eldad suggested that perhaps in response a British diplomat should be expelled from the Jewish Country. In an interview on UK’s Sky News he said:
“…I think the British are being hypocritical and I do not wish to insult dogs here, since some dogs show true loyalty. Who gave the British the right to judge us on the war on terror?”
Eldad was alluding to the Passover haggadah, passed down to him from his father, the late Lehi leader Yisrael Eldad:
“When my father held the seder in Latroun before 500 prisoners he read Chad Gadya (One goat song sung at Passover) to the British prison commander. And the question was posed: If the goat is righteous, then the cat is evil, then the dog is righteous, then the stick is evil – and in the end it turns out that, heaven forbid, God Almighty is evil. What is the answer he gave to the Briton? The answer was that ‘the goat may be righteous, the cat may be evil, but you are the dog. You Briton. Who gave you the right to judge?'”
Eldad’s fellow party member Michael Ben-Ari was asked if he agrees with the comparison and said, “Dogs are usually loyal, the British may be dogs, but they are not loyal to us. They seem to be loyal to the anti-Semitic establishment.
“Unfortunately, the Israeli government and Israeli diplomacy play into their hands. We have learned that a dog must be called by its name. This is anti-Semitism disguised as anti-Zionism.”
Chairman of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee MK Tzachi Hanegbi (Kadima) said that Israel should desist from responding to the crisis with Britain:
“I believe that Israel’s abstaining from giving any kind of response at the height of the Dubai crisis was right. Now that the height of the crisis is behind us, it is certainly all the more logical to refrain from making matters worse.”
He further said:
“Over the years, Israel has adopted a policy of not responding to allegations made against it in such matters. This is sometimes used to accuse Israel of things it has nothing to do with.”
Britain plans to formally announce that Israel is behind the cloning of British passports used in the assassination of the Hamas official.