Dubai Hit Inspires Israeli Spy Thriller (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/09/12)
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A French-Israeli filmmaker is producing a spy thriller loosely based
on the daring 2010 assassination of a Hamas terrorist on Dubai
starring Israeli supermodel Bar Rafaeli.
The assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was widely blamed on the
Mossad and led to speculation that Israel had reactivated the
legendary Caesarea assassination unit purported to have pursued the
perpetrators of the Munich massacre.
Israeli officials have long followed an iron-clad policy of not
discussing intelligence matters and refused to comment on the
Dubai police accused the Mossad of carrying out the actual hit in a
five-star hotel, and released surveillance camera footage of the
assassination team tracking al-Mabhouh.
Several nations, including Britain, Ireland and Australia, expelled
Israeli diplomats in protest over the use of their nations´
passports. The diplomatic blowback, however, was short-lived and
More than half of the names turned out to belong to real-life dual
nationals living in Israel, but none of them were among the assassins.
The movie, titled "Kidon" (Bayonet) for the Mossad´s supposed black
operations unit, adds a plot twist in which a gang of criminals
murder al-Mabhouh in an attempt to frame Israel´s Mossad spy agency.
"The movie is not a documentary and it´s not a history movie. It´s my
take on the al-Mabhouh story," director Emmanuel Nakash said.
Refaeli plays Einav Schwartz, an Israeli femme fatale whose role is
to lure al-Mabhouh into the assassins´ trap with her feminine wiles.
The characters are all fictional, except for al-Mabhouh, a Hamas
leader responsible for smuggling arms to Gaza who was aslo wanted for
kidnapping and murdering two Israeli soldiers in the late 1980s.
Model-turned-actress Rafaeli said "Kidon" gave her a fictional brush
with her dream job: working for the Mossad.
"I would love to be in the Mossad and maybe I am. Who knows? I think
that being a famous model is the best cover," Refaeli told the
Associated Press on the set of the film.
She also told Israelis are used to hearing about covert operations
blamed on the Mossad, but the al-Mabhouh killing was something
"This specific one sounded like a movie scene," Refaeli said. "It was
just like reading a script."
But the Dubai killing was a cold, methodical and efficiently executed
operation that did not include Hollywood hijinks or seduction scenes.
Instead, the disguised assassination team entered the city undetected
on foreign passports, pulled off the highly complex operation, then
escaped the country unscathed.
Dubai police outlined a 19-hour operation, where the agents, wearing
disguises such as fake beards, wigs and tennis attire, kept close
watch on al-Mabhouh for hours before slipping into his room and
Forensic tests indicated he was first injected in the thigh with a
fast-acting, hard-to-detect muscle relaxant. Then he was suffocated
with a pillow, Dubai police said.
The movie – being filmed at a hotel in Eilat – is expected to be
released in Israeli theaters in 2013. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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