'UK wants Israeli pledge before embassy worker replaced'

By JPOST.COM STAFF
March 25, 2010 08:26

Britian will not allow Israel to replace an embassy worker expelled from London over the forgery of UK passports used in the assassination of Hamas terrorist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, the Independent reported Thursday, unless Jerusalem pledges never to clone British documents for Mossad operations.

British diplomatic officials were quoted by the paper as saying that "the situation is not negotiable."

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband reportedly wants Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to provide public assurances that Israeli will not use fake British documents for clandestine operations.

The paper assessed it was unlikely that Israel would accept the British terms for replacing the embassy worker, claimed to be a Mossad station chief, since such a pledge by Jerusalem would serve as an admission that Israel was behind Mabhouh's killing in Dubai in January.


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