Israelis Debate Fallout From Hit Squad Killing of Hamas Leader

Ronen Bergman writing in the tabloid Yedioth Aharanot asks, "how did the Dubai police succeed in tying up the loose ends and creating what they describe as a coherent and full picture identifying the assassins in their mode of operation?"

The ability to process hours of closed-circuit television footage with the movements of the 11 alleged assassins from different locations has impressed Israeli observers.

New Technology Needed

The suspects' movements and assumed disguises indicate they were aware of Dubai's extensive surveillance network and the need to take precautions. But they and their handlers may have underestimated Dubai's determination and ability to track them and link them to the passports they entered the country with.

The papers have speculated about how it might be possible to defeat the increasingly sophisticated technology available to track and expose Mossad operatives in foreign countries. The widening introduction of biometric passports with individual face recognition may make it impossible to use stolen documents.

Some correspondents say agents may also need technology to disrupt and block surveillance cameras for future operations, of which few doubt there will be more.

One correspondent, after detailing all the implications of the latest revelations and their serious implications, wonders whether the killing of Mahmoud al Mabhouh was worth it.

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