I came to this because of an article in my favorite European news site, France 24, where the title reads Netanyahu authorised killing of Hamas commander, says report.
The first lines of that article are most intriguing because of the tone, which doesn't show much doubt on behalf of the author:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met members of a hit squad at Mossad headquarters shortly before they went to Dubai to kill a Hamas commander, Britain's Sunday Times newspaper reported.
Netanyahu was welcomed to Mossad by its chief Meir Dagan and briefed on plans to kill Mahmud al-Mabhuh, a top commander of the Islamist movement that rules Gaza, the paper said, quoting unnamed sources with knowledge of Mossad.
The prime minister reportedly authorised the mission, which was not seen as complicated or risky.
"Typically on such occasions, the prime minister intones: 'The people of Israel trust you. Good luck,'" the paper added.
Naturally, I followed the trail - using my mouse to find Rupert Murdoch's Sunday Times - and soon the relevant article glowed on my monitor, entitled Meir Dagan: the mastermind behind Mossad's secret war
. Here, the tone of certainty is the same, yet the writing is more dramatic, like an intro to a thriller:
In early January two black Audi A6 limousines drove up to the main gate of a building on a small hill in the northern suburbs of Tel Aviv: the headquarters of Mossad, the Israeli secret intelligence agency, known as the “midrasha”.
Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, stepped out of his car and was greeted by Meir Dagan, the 64-year-old head of the agency. Dagan, who has walked with a stick since he was injured in action as a young man, led Netanyahu and a general to a briefing room.
According to sources with knowledge of Mossad, inside the briefing room were some members of a hit squad. As the man who gives final authorisation for such operations, Netanyahu was briefed on plans to kill Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a member of Hamas, the militant Islamic group that controls Gaza.
Reading the complete article is fascinating, and an experienced script writer will be able to turn this story into a major movie in no time.