every time i read about something like this, i wonder how much the potential diplomatic blowback was considered before israeli officials approved the operation in dubai. does it enter into their cost-benefit analysis at all? or were they so focused on pulling off a successful operation (meaning both a successful assassination and a clean getaway) that they don't consider how badly israeli relations would be damaged if the passports used by the operatives came out?
i suspect that they didn't think about it at all, notwithstanding the fact that this exact thing has blown up in their face before (those cases involved canadian and new zealander passports). it's not just israel that makes me wonder. officcials from a lot of countries often approve potentially reckless operations. it always looks like they don't think about blowback until it's too late.