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Israel is concerned that the extradition of an alleged Mossad agent from Poland
to Germany could torpedo an Israeli request to receive missile ships from
On Monday, Uri Brodsky, an Israeli citizen and alleged Mossad
agent, appeared before a Polish court that will decide whether to extradite him
Agent's extradition supported by Poles
Poland: Israeli 'spy' faces extradition
Brodsky is suspected of helping forge a German passport used
by one member of a Mossad hit squad allegedly behind the January killing of
Hamas leader Mahmoud al- Mabhouh in Dubai. Brodsky was detained in Poland last
month on an arrest warrant issued by Germany.
Brodsky entered Warsaw’s
district court Monday wearing a dark blue rain jacket, with the hood pulled over
his head. Escorted by anti-terror officers, Brodsky covered his face with
A spokesman for the federal German prosecutor in Karlsruhe
told The Jerusalem Post on Monday that his office had not received a decision
from the Polish authorities about whether the suspected Israeli intelligence
agent would be extradited.
Court spokesman Wojciech Malek said it wasn’t
clear if the court would rule on his possible extradition Monday or at a later
According to the spokesman from the federal German prosecutor,
there is a 40-day deadline to issue a decision following the arrest. However,
the court could extend the deadline if new evidence were
Israel had expected to hear from Germany in June whether it
would be willing to provide two new Meko-class missile ships, as it did in 2006 when it sold Israel about $1 billion in
military equipment so the Israel Navy could purchase two new submarines that are
in the final stages of construction.
“We had expected an answer from the
Germans several weeks ago,” one official said.
Israel’s concern centers
on Germany’s insistence on extraditing Brodsky instead of ending the affair
quietly without his arrest.
While the navy has yet to finalize its order,
it is working on a concept under which the 2,000-ton ship it is
buying would be designed by the German company Blohm and Voss, which
manufactures the Meko family of warships.
The design would be similar to
the existing Sa’ar 5-class ship but would be slightly larger, to enable
carry the massive IAI-made Adir radar, capable of providing an extensive
over-the-horizon radar view. Each ship is expected to cost around $300
The ship will be capable of carrying special forces and larger
infantry units as well as midsize vehicles, alongside at least one
The ship will also be installed with the anti-ship Harpoon missile, as
the Barak anti-missile defense system.
AP contributed to this report.