By Sam Smyth

Three fraudulent Australian passports, four French, 12 British, one German and eight Irish passports were used in the killing.

Foreign secretary David Milliband said an investigation had discovered "compelling" evidence that Tel Aviv's secret service was responsible for cloning the ID documents. "Given that this was a very sophisticated operation in which high-quality forgeries were made, the government judges it is highly likely that the forgeries were made by a state intelligence service," He told MP's it was "intolerable" for a foreign country to behave in such a way, and the fact that Israel was a close ally added "insult to injury".

ISRAELI officials asked to inspect the Dublin plant where security-enhanced passports are made — just a month before a Middle East assassination by agents using forged Irish documents.

A serious diplomatic incident was looming last night after a top-level report concluded that an Israeli intelligence agency forged the Irish passports used in the murder of a Hamas operative in Dubai in January.

The Department of Foreign Affairs believes that an Israeli state agency provided the eight forged Irish passports used by agents involved in the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.

The sensational charges against the Israelis are understood to be detailed in a report submitted earlier this week by the Irish Passport Service to Minister Micheal Martin.

However, it is also understood that none of the findings could be proven beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Up to 27 people were suspected of involvement in the murder of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel on January 19. Three fraudulent Australian passports, four French, 12 British, one German and eight Irish passports were used in the killing.

The genuine Irish passports — whose numbers had been used in the forged passports — had been though frontiers in Europe and the United States, but not in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, it emerged last night that the Israeli Foreign Service approached the Department of Foreign Affairs in the run-up to Christmas to say it was very impressed by the sophistication of the new Irish passports and their in-built biometric components.

The Israelis asked if they could send a small team to examine the DFA’s manufacturing plant in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, where a new biometric security feature was built into the passports.

The request was refused.

“After the killing in Dubai, one of the bosses here said whoever refused the Israelis getting into the passport plant should be promoted,” a source within the department said yesterday.

A spokesman for Micheal Martin declined to comment.

However, a senior and reliable source in the department said: “Our conclusion is much the same as that of the British. We’re not looking for anybody else.”


An accusation that a friendly nation had been involved in an assassination after forging Irish passports is certain to ratchet up diplomatic tension and prompt demands for sanctions against Israel.

Britain expelled a diplomat after an investigation into the use of fake British passports in the Dubai murder.

The gardai have not yet completed their inquiry. It is understood that no officers have visited Dubai in the course of their investigation.

Ciaran Madden, the Irish ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, has been leading the investigation for the department in Dubai.

Fine Gael’s foreign affairs spokesman Billy Timmins said: “I am calling on the minister to publish the report’s findings, so there can be transparency in regard to what exactly happened and what steps need to be taken to prevent a re-occurrence of such a serious lapse.”

In the Dail on Thursday, Mr Martin said two of the eight forged Irish passports were those of children.

The minister said he would share the content of the passport service’s report with the opposition spokespersons, apart from some detail which could compromise passport security.

- Sam Smyth

This report is taken from The Irish Independent. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/israelis-asked-to-visit-passport-plant-here-before-dubai-killing-2190468.html


  1. Earlaiman on the 24. May, 2010 remarked #

    Are these really startling revelations when one considers the degree of chutzpah which they have been exhibiting lately!

    “We know that you are designing some very sophisticated anti-counterfeiting measures into your passports lately, but we need to see what they are so that we can copy them in the future to impersonate some of your citizens in order to kill some more people.”

    Under the circumstances, it would be almost anti-Semitic for anyone to refuse their request.

  2. Mihail on the 25. May, 2010 remarked #

    The Mossad’s Infiltration Of America;

    THE MOSSAD PRIDES ITSELF ON DEEP infiltration & penetration into every
    ‘Muslim’ militant group in the world. Thus any media-hyped ‘terrorist’ attack reported by the Jewish occupied press is doubtless a Mossad operation.

    All of the Mossad-engineered ‘terrorist’ attacks benefit the Jews since it galvanizes the Western world into making Israel’s enemies their own – and gives Israel a free hand in dealing with the Palestinians who are looked upon as enemies of the world.

    The infiltration of the Mossad into the US political & military infrastructure had its greatest impetus in the 1980’s during the Reagan & Bush Sr administrations. 3 Zionist Jews with close ties to the Mossad held influential offices in the Pentagon during this period:

    Richard Perle: Perle worked at the Pentagon as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy from 1981 to 1987. Prior to this, Perle was investigated by the US Justice Department for discussing classified information with an employee at the Israeli Embassy, but of course, the case was dropped. View Entire Story Here & Here.

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