Feb 26 2010
T-shirt sales of Israel’s crack intelligence force, Mossad, soar, along with applications from Israelis wanting to work for Mossad following the Dubai assassination of Hamas terrorist.
Frankie, take note!
The widespread belief that Israel was behind the January 20 assassination of a top Hamas operative in Dubai has led to a huge increase worldwide in the sales of t-shirts carrying the name of Israel’s Mossad spy agency.
TIMES ONLINE The Israeli spy agency Mossad may be the target of international reproach since it allegedly killed the Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel this month, but at home emerging details of the operation have generated Mossad mania.
It has never been more popular in Israel, with stores selling out of Mossad memorabilia and its official website reporting a soaring number of visitors interested in applying to become agents. “Mossad has been restored to its glory days,” said Ilan Mizrahi, a former deputy director of the agency, which is located in the affluent beach town of Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv.
Israel has refused to comment on the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, but many in the West are convinced the Mossad was behind the hit, including the international media and many Western leaders.
Jewish Diaspora communities have played off this by launching campaign urging supporters of Israel to show their pride in the Jewish state and support its right to take down its enemies. Israeli manufacturers and retailers told Ynet that those campaigns have resulted in massive demand for Mossad shirts and paraphernalia.
While it remains questionable whether or not Israel was involved, Jerusalem has had a tough time staving off criticism due to the assassins’ use of stolen Israeli identities.
Dubai police on Wednesday revealed the names of six more suspects in addition to the original 11. Three of the new suspects used forged Australian passports with the identities of Australian-Israeli immigrants.
Many Israeli commentators have noted that it was highly unlikely the Mossad would use the identities of average Israelis as cover for its agents. (My thoughts, too, unless they did it as a diversion tactic) ISRAEL TODAY