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EVENTS AFTER THE QUAKE
The response of the Israeli government to the three deaths appears extraordinary. In the hours after the 6.3 quake struck:
Prime Minister John Key fielded the first of four calls that day from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israel's Ambassador in the South Pacific, Shemi Tzur, who is based in Australia, booked flights to Christchurch, where he visited the morgue.
Israel's civil defence chief left Israel for Christchurch.
A complete Israeli urban search and rescue squad was assembled and flown to Christchurch, arriving about th
Former Israeli diplomat to New Zealand Zev William Barkan leads a life akin to that of novelist Frederick Forsyth's Jackal – emerging from the shadows only to be named by authorities in connection with various crimes before again disappearing. Barkan is still wanted in New Zealand as the alleged ringleader of an illegal passport scam in 2004; last year he was named as a suspect in the slaying of a Hamas operative in Dubai.
Israeli Ambassador Shemi Tzur has dismissed as "science fiction" suspicions that agents of Israel's secret service, Mossad, had been caught up in the Christchurch earthquake in February. Mr Tzur, who is based in Canberra but flew into Christchurch hours after the earthquake, said he was "shocked and upset" that New Zealand's intelligence agencies would have such suspicions.
"I drove his three friends to the airport so they could go home. They were shocked and crying, they were just talking about their friends. "To suggest anything else, someone has been feeding you science fiction.
.....but the fact that the US-New Zealand partnership forum was underway in Christchurch at the time [ie of the earthquake ATG] is reason for further speculation. It brought together a number of high ranking US officials including current and former assistant secretaries of state (the head of US homeland security, Janet Napolitano, was supposed to attend but pulled out late).
Originally posted by Xcathdra
reply to post by TheRepublic
The only issue I have is its all coming to light from Pakistani ISI reports.
Key was born in Auckland, New Zealand, only son of George Key and Ruth Key (née Lazar), on 9 August 1961. His father was an immigrant from Britain, and a veteran of the Spanish Civil War and World War II. He died of a heart attack in 1967. Key and his two sisters were raised in a state house in Christchurch by his Austrian-Jewish immigrant mother
Key attends church frequently but is agnostic when it comes to belief in God. He has stated that he does not believe in life after death, and that he sees religion as 'doing the right thing'. Key's wife, Bronagh (née Dougan) Key, is the daughter of Northern Irish emigrants of mixed religious descent. Key is the third prime minister or premier of New Zealand (after Julius Vogel and Francis Bell) with Jewish ancestry.
Lieutenant General Rhys Jones said he could ''categorically assure the people of New Zealand'' the SAS staff were not there to deal with an uncredited Israeli rescue squad. However, sources said the SAS had entered the zone to secure sensitive material belonging to the Israeli nationals now at the centre of the spying claims.
Originally posted by TheRepublic
well upon further investigation it appears the israelis are in new zealand to steal identities and forge passports. this wouldnt be the first time either. new zeland already launched diplomatic sanctions after they caught mossad stealing passports in 2004. they then used the passport to do the dubai assassination.
Because of New Zealand's international reputation the passports are extremely valuable for intelligence services. New Zealand has this reputation for independence and autonomy... people trust New Zealand,"
Originally posted by Aloysius the Gaul
Perhaps NZ's systems for establishing identity are a bit behind some larger states so it's easier to do this there??
Prime Minister John Key has spoken to his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu after claims an Israeli search and rescue team was refused entry to Christchurch's inner-city cordon. Earlier today, the Government rejected Israeli media reports that Wellington refused Israel's offer to send a search and rescue team to Christchurch after the earthquake.