Mossad stages numerous operations out of Paris. Includes assassinations and electronic surveillance.
“France’s hands are tied” since it depends on Israel “in many sensitive issues,” he said. The French, he added, were “also limited in our ability to prevent some elements in the Jewish community in France from aiding them (the Mossad) with planning and logistics.”
According to Le Monde, the Israeli spy agency set up an operations room in the French capital for Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh’s assassination in Dubai, among other missions; ‘French hands are tied, our ability to respond to their actions is limited,’ complains French intelligence official.
Paris has become a center of operations for Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, according to an article published this week in French newspaper Le Monde.
The article, titled “The Mossad’s shadow hovers over Paris,” cites senior French intelligence officials, one of whom claimed that “The city is the Mossad’s playground. The Chinese and the Russians may be our enemies, but let us not forget the Israelis and the Americans are also conducting themselves with great aggression.””Our ability to respond to their actions is limited because they rush to use the ‘diplomatic card’ and complain to the French prime minister and president’s offices,” the French intelligence official vented.
According to Le Monde, the Mossad set up a makeshift operations room equipped with computers and secure phones at a hotel room in the French capital’s Bercy neighborhood—not far from the French Finance Ministry and other government buildings. While only two of the 11 foreign agents who allegedly took part in the daring assassination—”Kevin” and “Gail”—reportedly arrived in Dubai on an Air France flight from Paris, foreign media has so far believed the operation was led from Austria or another European location. Le Monde, however, reports Israel’s control and command center was in the heart of Paris.
The January 2010 assassination caused international outrage and a diplomatic crisis with Britain over the use of European passports.
France also complained to then-Mossad director Meir Dagan about the use of forged French passports.According to Le Monde, the French were concerned Hamas would suspect France took part in the assassination.Paris sent two senior agents to meet with Dagan in Jerusalem. “We’ll stay friends, but there’ll be a price to pay for this,” they told him.
The price is believed to have been a halt to the exchange of information between Israeli and French intelligence.”It was a way to send a message that this was an intolerable line crossing,” said the head of the French police’s investigations department.
Speaking to Yedioth Ahronoth, the Le Monde article’s writer, journalist Jacques Follorou, said French intelligence officials were outraged by the alleged use of French passports, seeing it as a “provocation.”