By Paul Balles
To the best of my knowledge, you are the second Western government official with the courage to take action against Israeli passport fraudsters.
In March, the UK expelled an unnamed Israeli diplomat, but waffled on the identification of Mossad as the culprit. Reported in the Guardian, “Without mentioning the Mossad by name, he [Milibrand] added “the government judges it is highly likely that the forgeries were made by a state intelligence service.”
At the time, the Guardian said, “British investigators had interviewed all the passport holders affected, who hold dual British-Israeli citizenship, and “found no evidence to suggest any of those individuals were anything other than innocent victims of identity theft.” How were their identities stolen?
The activity exposed–creating fraudulent passports–has been going on in Israel for many years. Intelligence agencies around the world have known this at least since the publication of Victor Ostrovsky’s By Way of Deception in 1990.
However, despite available facts about Israel’s officially operated identity theft and forgery for 20 years, the knowledge went no further than the intelligence agencies and the officials they reported to.
The only meaningful conclusion from ignoring or silencing what the intelligence community knew is that their governments were complicit in the continuing fraud.
For those unfamiliar with Victor Ostrovsky, he reveals in his book that he came “from an ardent Zionist background,” and spent four years inside Mossad, Israel’s intelligence organization.
Ostrovsky notes that the head of the academy introduced Mossad by saying “Our motto is: ‘By way of deception, thou shalt do war.’” The recent passport forgeries make clear that Mossad’s motto has not changed.
According to Ostrovsky, academy training involved lectures on passports: “The most important Mossad documents are passports, and there are four qualities: top, second, field operation and throw away.”
Mossad obviously had the design and use of false passports down to a fine art. In the latest case, it seems they bungled an operation they worked so hard to perfect.
“Throwaway passports,” notes Ostrovsky, had little changed beside the photo and “weren’t used for identification. A field operations passport was used for quick work in a foreign country,” writes Ostrovsky. “But it was not used when crossing borders.”
Second quality passports were “perfect passports” notes Ostrovsky, “but there were no real persons behind them.” The descriptions of the types and uses of various types of passports by Mossad reveal the lengths they went to deceive.
Finally, Ostrovsky reports, “A top quality passport…had both a cover story and a person behind it who could back up the story. They would stand up completely to any official scrutiny,”
That might have been true for the other countries whose passports were recently used in the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai.
Ostrovsky reveals the extent to which Mossad goes to forge passports: “A phony passport cannot be manufactured with the wrong paper, so the Mossad had a small factory and a chemical laboratory in the basement of the Academy that actually made various kinds of passport paper.”
Ostrovsky comments on a Mossad action committed when he was a trainee: “I saw a large batch of blank Canadian passports. They must have been stolen. It looked like an entire shipment. There were over 1000 of them. I don’t think the shipment was ever reported missing–not in the media anyway.”
Involved in this criminal activity as a forger, Israel has been free to break laws, deceive governments, and silence the media for at least 20 years. From that perspective, Minister, isn’t it time for the West to stop being complicit in these crimes?
Paul J. Balles is a retired American university professor and freelance writer who has lived in the Middle East for many years. For more information, see http://www.pballes.com.