JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu squarely blamed Iran for the two apparently coordinated car bomb attacks against Israeli embassies in India and Georgia today.
Calling Iran “the world’s top initiator of terror,” Netanyahu said that over the past few months “we have seen attempts to hurt Israelis in Azerbaijan and in Thailand. All of these incidents were stopped with the help of local [authorities].”
Netanyahu said that in each of the recent attempts “Iran and its proxy Hezbollah was behind the attacks”
Israel, he added, “will continue to work with local security forces to stop attacks and will act with a strong hand” and systematically fight international terror, “which comes from Iran.”
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman took it a step further, warning that Israel knows exactly how to identify those responsible for the attacks.
Four people, including the wife of an Israeli diplomat, were wounded today when a car bomb exploded outside of Israel’s embassy in the Indian capital of New Delhi. The embassy is reportedly located close to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s official residence.
Also today, a Georgian worker employed by the Israeli embassy in Tbilisi alerted police after noticing a suspicious object attached to a car assigned to the Israeli envoy to the country. The object turned out to be a grenade-like explosive device, according to Israeli officials.
Today’s attempts come one day after the fourth anniversary of the targeted elimination of Hezbollah’s deputy leader and terror mastermind, Imad Mughniyah, which the Islamist organization blames on Israel.
Israeli officials say that Hezbollah takes orders directly from Iran. Any Hezbollah attack on an Israeli target would need to be ordered by Tehran, the officials say.
Today’s attacks follow the assassination of several nuclear scientists in Iran. Tehran has blamed Israel and the U.S. for those assassinations.