The MEK mercenaries would be considered far less trustworthy and there was hardly any chance that the Mossad would reveal to non-Israelis some of its assassination unit's best methods.
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Dan Raviv, a well-known reporter for CBS, and Yossi Melman, a former intelligence correspondent for Ha'aretz, write in "Spies Against Armageddon" that contrary to published reports - which link the assassinations to members of the Mujaheddin-e Khalq- Israel would not have contracted out such controversial and difficult work.
Instead, the authors say, the assassinations by motorcycle riders who affixed sticky bombs to their victims' cars in Tehran traffic were "blue and white operations" - a reference to the colors of Israel's flag.
"For such a sensitive dangerous and daring mission as a series of assassinations in Iran's capital, the Mossad would not depend on hired-gun mercenaries," Raviv and Melman assert. "They would be considered far less trustworthy and there was hardly any chance that the Mossad would reveal to non-Israelis some of its assassination unit's best methods."