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IOF MP compares the British with dogs
IOF MP compares the British with dogs
In an unprecedented step in British-Israeli relations, Arieh Eldad, a member of the extreme right-wing National Union party, compared the British with dogs.
Thursday, March 25,2010 22:52
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Eldad was expressing his anger over Britain’s decision to expel an Israeli diplomat after an investigation by the Serious Organized Crime Agency into the forging of British passports.

He added: “I think the British are being hypocritical and I do not wish to insult dogs here, since some dogs show true loyalty. Who gave the British the right to judge us on the war on terror?”

Fellow National Union deputy Michael Ben-Ari echoed Eldad’s sentiments. He said: “Dogs are usually loyal, the British may be dogs, but they are not loyal to us. They seem to be loyal to the anti-Semitic establishment.

The British Foreign Office on Tuesday issued a travel advisory to citizens traveling to Israel and the Palestinian territories, just hours after it decided to expel an Israeli diplomat over the use of forged British passports used by the killers of a Hamas commander in Dubai

Citing "circumstantial evidence of Israeli involvement in the fraudulent use of British passports," the Foreign Office warned on its Web site of the "possibility that your passport details could be captured for improper uses while your passport is out of your control."

"The risk applies in particular to passports without biometric security features," the warning on the Web site said. "We recommend that you only hand your passport over to third parties including Israeli officials when absolutely necessary."

For its part, the London-based Middle East Monitor (MEMO), an independent media research institution, said that the British government decision to expel an Israeli diplomat over the issue was not enough.

It said, "The British Government announced earlier today that it is to expel a senior Israeli diplomat following the assassination of Mahmoud al Mabhouh in January, generally believed to have been carried out by Israel's secret service, Mossad. Foreign Secretary David Miliband has called Israel's "mishandling" of British passports "intolerable".

MEMO welcomes this development. However, many feel that this does not go far enough given the gravity of the crimes that have been committed. The expulsion of the diplomat, who has yet to be named, is the diplomatic equivalent of a slap on the wrist and only addresses the issue of the cloned British passports, not the murder itself."

For its part, French judiciary opened an initial investigation into the use of four French forged passports in the assassination of Mabhouh. The AFP on Tuesday night said that France started the investigation on 12/3/2010.

In Gaza, the government of Ismail Haneyya welcomed the British measure of expelling an Israeli diplomat during its weekly session that extended to a late hour after midnight Tuesday.

It said in a statement at dawn Wednesday that the next step should lead to prosecuting all those involved in the murder of Mabhouh topped by Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu.

tags: Haneyya / Knesset / Hamas / Mabhouh / Dubai / Israeli MP / British-Israeli Relations / MEMO / AFP / IOF Crimes / IOF Terrorism / British MPs
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