British MP Demands Israel Explain Role in Hamas Killing
Al-Manar | February 17, 2010
A senior British lawmaker called Wednesday for Israel’s ambassador to London to be summoned to the Foreign Office to explain how fake British passports were linked to the killers of a top Hamas figure.
Menzies Campbell, a member of the foreign affairs committee of the House of Commons, said answers were needed over “speculation” about the involvement of Israel’s Mossad secret service in the killing in Dubai last month.
“If the Israeli government was party to behavior of this kind, it would be a serious violation of trust between nations,” said Campbell, a former leader of Britain’s third biggest party, the Liberal Democrats.
“If legitimate British passport holders were put at risk it would be a disgrace… Given the current speculation, the Israeli government has some explaining to do and the ambassador should be summoned to the Foreign Office to do so in double-quick time.”
Another British lawmaker, Hugo Swire of the main opposition Conservatives, also demanded a “full investigation”. “These allegations against the Israeli government need to be answered… I have no evidence one way or another. I have read all the allegations and the denials. It is an easy allegation to make,” he said.
“This is not something that can just be swept under the carpet because of the bad feeling it is going to create in the Arab world. You cannot conduct foreign policy at this extremely sensitive time by this sort of illegal behavior,” he added.