10:54 AM, Jan 22, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
A rare statement released from the Mossad, which is meant to deny reports that say the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad, favors not imposing additional sanctions on Iran:
Reaction of the Mossad Chairman to the new crisis with Washington:
On 19 January 2015, Mossad Chairman Tamir Pardo met with a delegation of American Senators. The meeting took place at the Senators' request, and with the Prime Minister's approval.
Contrary to the report, the Mossad Chairman did not say that he opposes additional sanctions against Iran. In the meeting, the Mossad Chairman emphasized the unusual effectiveness of the sanctions imposed on Iran a number of years ago in bringing Iran to the negotiating table.
The Mossad Chairman pointed out that the negotiations with Iran must be conducted using 'carrots and sticks,' and the 'sticks' are currently missing. The Mossad Chairman pointed out that without strong pressure, it will not be possible to bring about significant compromises on the Iranian side.
The Mossad Chairman did not relate to the use of the term 'hand grenade' with respect to the imposition of sanctions, because in his eyes, these are the 'sticks' that will help to obtain a good agreement. He used this term to describe the possibility of creating a temporary breakdown in the talks, at the end of which the negotiations will be restarted under better conditions.
The Mossad Chairman explicitly pointed out that the agreement that is being reached with Iran is bad, and may lead to a regional arms race.
10:22 AM, Feb 19, 2013 • By MICHAEL ROSS
Last week, the Australian press broke the story of “Prisoner X,” a Mossad officer named Ben Zygier, who reportedly took his life in an Israeli prison in 2010. Already Israel's media have started a campaign to impugn Zieger’s character with Haaretz, not surprisingly, leading the pack.
7:42 AM, Nov 15, 2010 • By GABRIEL SCHOENFELD
“Portions of this article were deleted by the Israeli Military Censor.” So begins a fascinating article, “Spies Like Us,” by Yossi Melman and Dan Raviv in Tablet.
Double standards. 12:00 PM, Jul 17, 2010 • By MICHAEL WEISS
When Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was assassinated in Dubai last January, and his cause of death later ascribed to foul play, it didn’t take long before the British press found itself the beneficiary of a troika of good copy.
Letting terrorists conduct business.3:41 PM, Mar 1, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Times of London reports that police in Dubai are in a tizzy, six weeks after the killing of Hamas's Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a hotel in downtown Dubai. A major security breach, an extrajudicial murder--it's being called all sorts of unsavory things. And police say they're certain that Mabhouh was killed by the Israeli Mossad, but don't provide hard evidence. Who exactly killed Mabhouh (aside from how they killed him, which the videos do a pretty good job showing) might not ever be known.
Mahmoud al-Mabhouh visits a hotel. 4:14 PM, Feb 22, 2010 • By RACHEL ABRAMS
The Dubai police have exposed the “identities” of the people who did it—pointing the finger not only at the Mossad, but also at Palestinian “collaborators” (who may be traitorous members of Hamas, or Hamas-despising members of Fatah, depending on which fork of the tongue you care to believe, if you care to believe either at all). The Arab world is aghast in public, though we may presume that at any rate the King of Jordan and the dictator of Egypt, who apparently have their own reasons, are singing a different tune entirely in private. One Hamas “legislator” is suggesting the victim brought it on himself by sloppiness. The Brits and the Irish have called in Israeli ambassadors to “inquire” about the use of purloined British/Irish identities, the EU is atwitter about it, the Germans are investigating a possibly stolen German identity, and David Miliband, after expressing his “outrage,” has met with Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman to discuss it. (And by the bye, the awesomely illustrious French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, takes the opportunity to observe that this whole affair "shows the need for peace and a Palestinian state, immediately!”) The Israelis are neither confirming nor denying having carried out the operation during which a notorious self-proclaimed Hamas murderer of unarmed Israeli soldiers was assassinated in his hotel room bed.
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