Despite the ambiguity in Israel over who killed Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai last month, Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said on Sunday that "the Mabhouh assassination was not a failure. I don't know who did it, I am addressing the results."
On an Army Radio broadcast, the industry, trade and labor minister said, "I don't know if it was us or not us."
Ben-Eliezer said the assassination brought with it deterrence: "The question is, what was this man's value, and what this achieved. Assuming that he was of great value, the organization knows one thing – there is no one who can't be caught up with or that can't be reached. For me, this is deterrence."
Former IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz has also recently praised the deterrence achieved by the assassination: "Anyone like Mabhouh should think twice before acting."
The minister also slammed criticism of the act directed at the Mossad by foreign sources: "If you ask my opinion, contrary to all the voices being heard recently in criticism – What is there to criticize here? Right now all I care about out of this whole tsunami is that I see only one simple thing here. Whether he is alive or dead. And the result is clear."
Ben-Eliezer was careful not to tie Israel to the hit: "I won't get into arguments of whether it was intelligence agents or not. Why get into that? After all, the important thing is to see what remains in their memory, and the result was immediately translated, since Nasrallah wore a wig when he travelled to Damascus, meaning he understands that he is being watched, and this is what matters."