Israel denies assassin rumor: ‘You watch too much Bond’

By Agence France-Presse
Monday, February 22, 2010 15:08 EDT
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BRUSSELS — Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday made light of accusations that the Jewish state was involved in the murder of a top Hamas official in Dubai, likening the assassination to a James Bond movie plot.

“You see too many James Bond movies,” Lieberman told journalists in Brussels, when asked whether the Israeli secret service Mossad was involved in the assassination of Hamas commander Mahmud al-Mabhuh.

The comment was made after the Israel’s top diplomat held talks with EU parliament president Jerzy Buzek, one of several European officials Lieberman met during a visit to Brussels which coincided with a meeting of EU foreign ministers.

His visit was arranged before the outset of the furore over the Hamas official’s murder, and the use of European passports by the killers.

Lieberman also met up with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, Irish counterpart Micheal Martin and EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton among others.

According to Dubai police, the hit-men who killed al-Mabhuh, a founder of Hamas’ military wing, held British, Irish, French and German passports between them.

Investigators in the Emirates are convinced that Mossad was behind the attack.

In a statement issued by his office Lieberman said there was no evidence the Jewish state was behind the killing.

“There is no proof Israel is involved in this affair, and if somebody had presented any proof, aside from press stories, we would have reacted,” Lieberman said in his statement.

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