Germany: Israeli Agents’ Cover Blown While Stuck in Mud

BERLIN (AP) -
Israeli navy submarine Rahav travels along the Kiel-Canal that links the Baltic Sea with the North Sea near Rendsburg, northern Germany. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP, File)
Israeli navy submarine Rahav travels along the Kiel-Canal that links the Baltic Sea with the North Sea near Rendsburg, northern Germany. (Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa via AP, File)

German police say two Israeli agents had their cover blown by a suspicious retiree after their car became stuck in mud in northern Germany.

Police in Neumuenster were alerted Dec. 17 to “suspicious people near the canal” by the mayor of nearby Quarnbek, who had received a call from an elderly woman.

Police spokesman Rainer Wetzel said Tuesday that when officers arrived, the men “immediately identified themselves as being from whatever security service. I don’t know if Mossad was explicitly mentioned.”

The agents were there to monitor the delivery of a new German-built submarine bought by Israel.

Wetzel said “everything was checked and everything was in order,” so police and firefighters helped free the car.

NDR News reports a bill for 1,263.01 euros ($1,392.85) was sent to the Israeli Embassy.