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Updated: February 14, 2012 00:57 IST

Israel accuses Iran of bombings in India, Georgia

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Iraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.
Iraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday blamed Iran and its “protégé” Hezbollah for carrying out the twin bomb attacks on Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia, accusing Tehran of being the “world’s largest terror exporter”.

Addressing lawmakers of his Likud Party, Mr. Netanyahu said, “In all those cases, the elements behind these attacks were Iran and its protégé Hezbollah.”

Two people were wounded in New Delhi and the bomb in Georgia was defused before it went off.

“Today we witnessed two more terror attacks — in India and Georgia. Iran, which is behind these two attacks, is the world’s largest terror exporter. The government of Israel and its security services will continue to cooperate with local authorities against Iran’s global terror,” he added.

Mr. Netanyahu said that other attacks in recent months in Azerbaijan, Thailand and elsewhere were thwarted.

An Israeli embassy car in New Delhi exploded on Monday close to the mission in a suspected coordinated terror attack after a car bomb involving an Israeli embassy vehicle in Georgian capital of Tbilisi was defused.

According to initial investigations, two motorcycle borne youths tailed the Israeli Embassy vehicle in New Delhi’s high security zone and allegedly placed “something” in the rear of the car when it stopped at a traffic signal.

In the past, Iran has accused Israel of being involved in a series of killings of it nuclear scientists involved in its controversial atomic programme.

Earlier, reacting to the incidents, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman has said that his country “will not allow terrorism to affect its agenda”.

It just shows that Israel and its citizens face terror inside and outside of Israel,” Mr. Liberman said. “We deal with it every day. We know how to identify exactly who is responsible for the attack and who carried it out,” he added in an apparent reference to Lebanese Shi’ite faction Hezbollah.

“We will not allow this to affect our agenda,” he asserted. Israel’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Yigal Palmor, confirmed the attack saying that the ministry was “looking into the incident and cooperation with local security forces is excellent”.

The incident in New Delhi comes a day after the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah deputy leader, Imad Mughniyah, who was killed in a car bomb attack.

The Shi’ite Lebanese faction had blamed Israel for the assassination, vowing to avenge the same.

Israel’s bureau of counter-terrorism has been constantly warning its citizens and missions abroad around the time of Mughniyeh’s death anniversary of a possible attack.

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Its a little surprising how Iran's name came up. Given the constant
pressure there is by the west to blacklist Iran and the close
proximity of Israel to America, we cannot rule out a smirching
campaign against Iran. On the contrary, Israel's spy agency is
supposed to be very efficient. It would do well for the Indian govt to
swap notes with Mossad and see if there is any merit to what they say.
Terrorism has mostly been prepetrated by Islamic countries, as news
suggests, but we cannot paint everyone with the same brush. This is a very important time for India to balance out its relations with its "trade" partner and a country which has been strategically aligned with us for several years.

from:  kp
Posted on: Feb 16, 2012 at 07:57 IST

If ever there was a global contest for hipocracy and double standard, Israeli leaders would win hands down. Only they have the gall of calling Iran the greatest exporter of terror, after leaving a trail of murders, kidnappings, assassinations, cyber terrorism and illegal occupation of other peoples land. Politicians are known to have thick skins, but Israel calling Iran the greatest exporter of terrorism is an absolute travesty.

from:  Najeeb Khan
Posted on: Feb 14, 2012 at 11:25 IST

its just to pressure India to speak against the Iran. How stupid its to accuse on Iran...They assume that common pubic is dumb to understand them...

from:  Shafinraza
Posted on: Feb 13, 2012 at 22:40 IST

Diplomatic world has been full of lie and treachery. I suspect if these attacks are orchestrated by Israel itself to create an pretext to attack Iran. I am neither against nor far of either countries. This thought just pop-up considering the practices in the diplomatic world.

from:  Prabhat Pradhan
Posted on: Feb 13, 2012 at 22:02 IST

Our govt should be vigilant so that we do not get caught in fight of Iran and Isreal

from:  Arvind
Posted on: Feb 13, 2012 at 21:26 IST
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