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Israelis ponder Mossad ethics, role in Dubai Hamas assassination

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Israel is an immigrant society, and most people who move here from Western countries maintain their original nationalities and passports. Given that, many here think it's unfair for the state to have endangered those citizens' freedom of travel – landing them on Interpol's "highest-level alert" list for alleged criminals. Moreover, notes Liling, there's concern here that the affair could hurt relations with Britain and other friendly countries.

The 11 assassins carried six British Passports, three Irish, and one each from Germany and France. So far, only the names used on the British passports -- which the UK say were forgeries -- have turned up to match the names of Israeli citizens.

Bridge burning

"We can't go burning our bridges with every country over events like this," says Liling. "Even the more liberal, human rights-oriented sectors of Israeli society understand the need for these operations, and I think most of our allies in the world would prefer this to an all-out operation against Hamas in Gaza. But there will be criticism among Israelis, even those that do not automatically disapprove of such actions, that if you are going to carry out such operations, you should not take risks that hold high chances of you screwing up."

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