EU diplomat: Dubai passport affair may harm Israel - EU ties

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 21, 2010 18:28

A senior EU diplomat said Sunday Israel's suspected role in the slaying of a Hamas terrorist in Dubai and the killers' alleged use of forged EU passports will harm Israel's relations with the European bloc.

The official said the passport controversy "will be harmful for the way Israel is treated by the EU" since it comes on top of strong criticism over Israel's 2008 Operation Cast Lead campaign against Hamas in Gaza.

The EU diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive topic - a day before the EU's 27 foreign ministers meet in Brussels. Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will also be in Brussels to see EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, among others.

Dubai police have said at least 11 suspects in the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh used altered British, Irish, French and German passports.


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