By political correspondent Emma Rodgers : abc.net.au, news
The Federal Government is expelling an Israeli diplomat after it found Israel faked Australian passports that were used in a hit on a top Hamas leader in Dubai.
Foreign Minister Stephen Smith today condemned the fraud as “not the act of a friend” and a clear affront to Australia that cannot be tolerated.
“This is not what we expect from a nation with whom we have had such a close, friendly and supportive relationship,” he said.
In February several forged Australian passports were used in the assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.
Mr Smith confirmed investigations by Australian Federal Police, ASIO and ASIS showed Israel fabricated the passports of four Australians who also had Israeli nationality.