The Israeli government initially did not comment on claims that it was involved in Mabhouh’s death. On February 17, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman refused to confirm or deny any Israeli involvement, citing Israel’s „policy of ambiguity“ on such matters, and claimed a lack of solid evidence for Israeli involvement. Lieberman even declared that the press „watch too many James Bond movies“. Later the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, said „there is nothing linking Israel to the assassination.“ However, Israeli media and public opinion have generally accepted Mossad’s responsibility for the operation.
As a genre films about or using surveillance systems have a fairly long history. I’ve seen a few of them, from Rear Window and Peeping Tom to some more recent „avant garde“ items. However none I have seen previously matched this one, about a half hour of surveillance camera imagery from Dubai, in which we trace the seemingly complex choreography of an assassination team, presumably directed by Mossad, the Israeli secret service, as they go about killing Mahmoud al Mabhouh, a Hamas operative long wanted by the Israelis.
Whether the fascination of this derives from the dense interplay of some 14 or perhaps 26 players, some changing costumes and disguises, delivering messages, or from the furtive glances of the victim as he goes to his room where death awaits him, I am not sure. Or perhaps it is from the frisson of knowing before the…
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