JERUSALEM (Nov. 2)
Israel’s attorney general has confirmed reports that Mossad members are suspected of coordinating their testimony for a commission probing the agency’s recent failed assassination attempt in Jordan.
Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein confirmed over the weekend that Yosef Chekhanover, the head of the commission probing the botched Sept. 25 attack on Khaled Mashaal, a Hamas leader in Jordan, had approached him two weeks ago and asked what he should do if he suspected that those appearing before the panel were coordinating their testimony, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported.
“I gave him advice on what to do in this situation,” Rubinstein was quoted as saying, without going into details.
Mossad head Danny Yatom issued a sharp denial of the report.
“There was no coordination of testimony, and I instructed all Mossad officials to fully cooperate.”
Another denial of the report came from attorney Dov Weisglass, who is advising a number of Mossad officials who were called to appear before the committee.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who came under intense criticism for the failed Mossad operation, created the committee in October “to clarify the events that happened in Jordan.”