TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Several countries have sent diplomatic messages to Israel demanding that the government stop using their national passports in Mossad operations, news reports said.
The countries informed Israel that they were aware that Mossad operatives were using their passports in foreign operations and urged the government to immediately end the procedure, Israeli daily Ynet reported Thursday.
The issue of Mossad agents using foreign passports was put under the spotlight in February 2010 when Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh was assassinated in Dubai by Israeli agents.
Foreign governments were outraged at the use of fraudulent versions of their national passports in the killing and a diplomatic crisis followed.
On Wednesday, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key denied reports suggesting that three Israelis killed in the Christchurch earthquake were Mossad agents, Ynet reported.
“There was no link between those individuals and the Israeli intelligence agencies,” he said.
He stressed that none of the passports found in the name of Ofer Mizrahi, the Israeli who was killed during the devastating quake, were New Zealand passports.