Some Arab countries have evinced a trace of — shall we say? — paranoia in their concerns over the Israeli spy agency, Mossad. They believe the agency is so good at concealing the identity of its agents that… well, let Newsweek tell it:
Citizens in southern Lebanon have detained a vulture that flew in from an Israeli nature reserve on suspicion of espionage, local media reported on Wednesday.
The Israeli Gamla Nature Reserve tracked the vulture to the southern Lebanese village of Bint Jbeil, just across the shared border with Israel. But residents there caught and detained the vulture believing that the tracking device it was wearing was Israeli spygear.
The Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) told the Jerusalem Post that the nature reserve had released the griffon vulture a month ago, after it was brought into the country from Catalonia in July 2015.
In 2010, an Egyptian official claimed that a shark that killed one person and left four others injured in Egypt could have been placed there by agents of Mossad.
It wasn’t some low-level flunky either:
Mohamed Abdel Fadil Shousha, the regional governor, claimed it was not “out of the question” that Israel could have planned the attacks on tourists to dent the Egyptian economy.
He said: “What is being said about the Mossad throwing the deadly shark in the sea to hit tourism in Egypt is not out of the question. But it needs time to confirm.”
Holy cow! Who knew Dr. Doolittle was a Jew.
The shark suspected of carrying out the attacks was identified yesterday in photographs taken minutes before one of the previous attacks.
Scientists claimed its aggression against humans could be down to sensory damage, leaving it unable to tell the difference between humans and fish.
And you can’t put anything over on the Saudis, either. They banned Barbie dolls when they figured out that these toys were part of a Zionist plot to bring promiscuity to Saudi Arabia. They banned Pokemon because they too were part of the Zionist conspiracy. But a 2011 Saudi discovery topped them all.
A vulture tagged by scientists at Tel Aviv University has strayed into Saudi Arabian territory, where it was promptly arrested on suspicion of being a Mossad spy, Israeli and Saudi media reported Tuesday.
The bird was found in a rural area of the country wearing a transmitter and a leg bracelet bearing the words ‘Tel Aviv University’, according to the reports, which surfaced first in the Israeli daily Ma’ariv.
Although these tags indicate that the bird was part of a long-term research project into migration patters, residents and local reporters told Saudi Arabia’s Al-Weeam newspaper that the matter seemed to be a ‘Zionist plot.’
In 2012, Sudanese authorities captured another Mossad spy in the town of Kereinek. This time, the agent was dressed up as a vulture. The online edition of the Egyptian daily El Balad said the raptor was fitted with solar-powered equipment that can broadcasts information, including satellite images. The report states a GPS tracker was also installed.
Iran’s Press TV reported that the Sudanese security services believe the vulture was dispatched on its mission from Jerusalem’s Hebrew University. The vulture allegedly sports a leg-band with the school’s logo and a Hebrew label that reads “Israeli Nature Service.”
An ecologist from the Israel Nature and Parks Authority told the Israeli news site YNet that the bird was being tracked for the purpose of studying migration patterns. Vultures typically fly south in the winter. “This is a young vulture that was tagged, along with 100 others, in October. He has two wing bands and a German-made GPS chip,” said Ohad Hazofe.
See what I mean? Either Mossad is better than I think they are, or those countries are tripping on some really powerful drugs.
Cross-posted at The Lid