Israeli agent claims M-16 was tipped off that Israeli agents were going to carry out an ‘overseas operation’ using fake British passports, it was claimed last night.
A member of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service, said the Foreign Office was also told hours before a Hamas terrorist chief was assassinated in Dubai. The tip-off did not say who the target would be or even where the hit squad would be in action. But the claim from a credible source that the Government had some prior knowledge of the abuse of UK passports will strengthen calls for ministers to come clean about what they knew and when.
It came as more details emerged of how Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was lured into a trap by Palestinian double agents last month before being smothered with a pillow. The killers tried to make his death look like an accident.
A British security source who met the Mossad agent, and has a track record of providing reliable information, told the Daily Mail: ‘This is a serving member of Israeli intelligence. He says the British Government was told very, very briefly before the operation what was going to happen.
‘There was no British involvement and they didn’t know the name of the target. But they were told these people were travelling on UK passports.’ The security source said that the tip-off was not a request for permission to use British passports but more a ‘courtesy call’ to let the security services know ‘a situation’ might blow up.
The Mossad man said Israeli intelligence chiefs understand British authorities will have to ‘slap them on the wrist’ and added: ‘The British government has to be seen to be going through the motions.’ READ MORE: UK DAILY MAIL