Relations between Israel and Britain slid towards a 20-year low yesterday as London delivered a stern warning over the "outrage" of faked UK passports being used by alleged assassins in Dubai.
Ministers are assiduously refraining from making "any accusations" over the killing of Mahmoud alMabhouh, a senior figure in Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement, in Dubai.
However, Ron Prosor, the Israeli ambassador, was summoned to the Foreign Office yesterday to be told of Britain's determination to "get to the bottom" of an "extremely serious" incident. David Miliband, foreign secretary, said: "We wanted to give Israel every opportunity to share with us what it knows about this incident. We hope and expect that they will cooperate fully."
These exchanges could be the prelude to a more damaging turn in UK-Israeli relations. Mr Miliband is said to be deeply disturbed by allegations o