Israel faces Iranian ‘global wave of terror’- Barak
ISRAEL: Israel is confronting a “global wave of terror”
sponsored by Iran, Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on
Thursday, a day after an attack in Bulgaria that left six Israelis dead.
“We are facing a global wave of terror... the attack in Burgas was
led by members of Hezbollah and sponsored by Iran,” Barak told Israeli
“The Al-Qaeda and Islamic Jihad networks also operate globally,” he
added, citing a long list of recent attacks or attempted attacks on
Israelis around the world.
Bulgaria’s Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said Thursday that the
attack at the Black Sea airport of Burgas was carried out by a suicide
bomber, and left six Israelis and one Bulgarian dead.
“There are hundreds of thousands of Israelis abroad, and our
intelligence services are in contact with their foreign counterparts to
share information,” Barak said.
“There are often very big successes, but it doesn’t always work and
we must continue to live. We will do everything possible to track down
the perpetrators and instigators of the Burgas attack and punish them,”
On Wednesday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
publicly accused Tehran and Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah of
involvement in the attack. “All the signs point to Iran,” Netanyahu said
in a statement, which said the blast was the latest in a string of
attempts to attack Israelis in Thailand, India, Georgia, Kenya, Cyprus
and other places. And in a phone call with Bulgaria’s Prime Minister
Boyko Borisov, Netanyahu “indicated that Iran and Hezbollah were
conducting a global terror campaign against Israelis across the world,”
a statement from his office said. Wednesday’s explosion, which ripped
through a bus picking up tourists arriving from Tel Aviv, is the
deadliest attack on Israelis abroad since 2004. AFP