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Australia sends Israeli diplomat packing

CANBERRA, Australia, May 24 (UPI) — Australia’s foreign minister told Parliament that Israel has a week to send home a diplomat at its embassy after evidence that Israel forged Australian passports.

In a strongly worded speech Steven Smith rebuked Israel for faking four Australian passports used in the assassination of senior Palestinian Hamas official Mahmud al-Mabhuh in a Dubai hotel room in January.

Australian Federal Police along with the Australian Security Intelligence Organization and its externally oriented counterpart the Australian Secret Intelligence Service investigated the forgeries.

Other faked passports used in the elaborately planned killing were from France, Germany, Ireland and Britain.

“The high quality of these counterfeited passports points to the involvement of a state intelligence service,” Smith said.

“Investigations and advice have left the government in no doubt Israel was responsible for the abuse and counterfeiting of these passports. Read the full story here

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