Britain furious and considers to freeze intelligence-sharing agreement with Israel
Britain will consider severing its intelligence-sharing agreement with Israel if Mossad members are proved to have stolen the identities of British passport holders, The Daily Telegraph reported on Thursday. According to the reoprt, British ministers are furious that an alleged hit squad which murdered a senior Hamas military activist in Dubai last month cloned the passports of six unsuspecting Britons.
Israel had previously promised that Mossad would never use British passports to help its agents carry out covert operations.
All of the British passport holders whose identities were stolen live in Israel, meaning Mossad. A senior Foreign Office source told The Telegraph: “If the Israelis were responsible for the assassination in Dubai, they are seriously jeopardising the important intelligence-sharing arrangement that currently exists between Britain and Israel.
“If it transpires that Israel has been using British passports to assassinate its opponents, the British government will need to give serious consideration to any future cooperation.
“Britain has cut ties with Mossad in the past, and will do so again if the Israelis are found to be acting against British interests.”