Mossad agent Bar Refaeli
Now an Israeli director has reimagined the real-life thriller as a spy movie, in which supermodel Bar Refaeli plays the Mossad agent tasked with luring the Palestinian militant into her web – but the actual hit is carried out by criminals who want to frame the Israeli spy agency for the murder.
The movie "Kidon" – "spear" in Hebrew – borrows the alleged name of Mossad's assassination squad. As in the January 2010 incident, the victim is Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a Hamas commander who had allegedly helped capture and kill two Israeli soldiers in the 1980s and also smuggled weapons into Gaza. The Israeli beach resort of Eilat stands in for Dubai.
The rest of the movie, however, departs from the script. Because of the extensive use of surveillance cameras in the Gulf state, Dubai police were able to piece together the movements of an alleged hit squad in the hours leading up to Mabhouh's murder. A 26-person team that included two women, and adopted disguises that included wigs and tennis rackets, seemed to have entered Dubai using false European passports in the hours prior to Mabhouh's arrival, and left shortly after his death.