Irish embassy tweets anger over Mossad operation in 2010

Ireland distrusts Israel because their passports were used in a Mossad operation in 2010, the Irish embassy in Israel tweeted on Sunday night.

The embassy’s official Twitter account responded to a tweet from a person named Teresa, who in turn was responding to a Jerusalem Post article reporting that Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said Israel has not shown him evidence that six Palestinian NGOs banned by Israel deserve their terrorist designation.

Shortly after midnight, the Irish Twitter account @EmbassyTLV said in response that it does not consider a Shin Bet report, allegations by group members or media reports as evidence.

The tweet was deleted several hours later.

“Diplomatic relations can be of some use, but if they have been abused to falsify our passports and use them in assassinations, it is understandable that trust suffers,” said the Irish Embassy.

The Twitter account of the Irish Embassy in Israel states that diplomatic relations with Israel are bad due to the use of Irish passports by Mossad in 2010 (credit: TWITTER SCREENSHOT)

The passport forgery referred to the 2010 Mossad assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a hotel room in Dubai. Ten years later, the United Arab Emirates established diplomatic relations with Israel, despite its anger at the attack on its territory, and France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Australia, the other countries whose passports were used by Mossad agents, have excellent relations with Israel.

Two weeks ago, Israel designated six Palestinian NGOs as terrorist organizations, due to their proven links to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Among the publicly provided evidence was a video of senior NGO officials participating in a mourning event for a high-ranking member of the PFLP, in a room adorned with the terrorist organization’s banners; Senior financial officials from one of the organizations were accused of planning the attack that killed 17-year-old Israeli Rina Shnerb in 2019.

Last week, Coveney said: “We have not obtained any credible evidence linking NGOs to terrorism, certainly not that I have seen … We have very strong systems for knowing where our money is being spent and how it is being spent.”

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