The affair looks set to damage the Mossad's reputation -- and unleash more bloodshed. It could have been Dubai's unofficial entry in the Berlin International Film Festival: A 27-minute reality thriller, edited from footage shot with two dozen surveillance cameras, with constantly shifting settings, close-ups and freeze frames, with subtitles artfully entering the frame from the edge and colorful hand-drawn circles à la Jean-Luc Godard.
He had been seen walking through the lobby on the previous evening, carrying a bag containing a pair of shoes he had just bought. But it would soon become clear that the doctor's conclusion was somewhat premature. It is an assumption based on circumstantial evidence, although that evidence is very strong.
According to SPIEGEL's inquiries in Israel, the elite Kidon unit of Israel's Mossad foreign intelligence agency conducted the operation.
Whilst Dubai has a great road network with 8 and 10 lane highways (or more on some stretches), the standard of driving in Dubai can be abysmal at times.
The death toll on Dubai roads is one of the highest in the world per head of population, no doubt this is exacerbated by the prevalence of powerful expensive cars and opportunities to drive them fast.
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