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February 14, 2012 0

Israeli Diplomats in India and Georgia Latest Targets Abroad

Update: On Feb­ru­ary 21, the Azer­bai­jani National Secu­rity Min­istry announced it had arrested an unspec­i­fied num­ber of indi­vid­u­als work­ing for Iran’s Islamic Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards Corps and Hezbol­lah for plan­ning attacks against the Israeli Embassy and a Jew­ish cul­tural center.
A bomb­ing tar­get­ing Israeli embassy per­son­nel in India and a sim­i­lar attempt in Geor­gia yes­ter­day come on the heels of recent threats by Iran­ian offi­cials to attack Israeli inter­ests world-wide.
In New Delhi, a bomb­ing of an Israeli embassy vehi­cle injured the wife of the Israeli Defense Attaché to India and three oth­ers as she drove to pick up her chil­dren at school. Another bomb tar­get­ing an embassy car in Tbil­isi, Geor­gia, was found and defused before it could explode after a Geor­gian employee of the embassy noti­fied police of a sus­pi­cious object attached to the car.
Iran­ian For­eign Min­istry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast
Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu said that “Iran and its proxy Hezbol­lah are behind each of these attacks.” Iran’s ambas­sador to India called the accu­sa­tion “untrue and sheer lies, like pre­vi­ous times” and Iran­ian For­eign Min­istry spokesman report­edly said that “Israel per­pe­trated the ter­ror actions to launch psy­cho­log­i­cal war­fare against Iran.”
Yesterday’s bomb­ings appear to have been timed to coin­cide with the fourth anniver­sary of the assas­si­na­tion of Imad Mugh­niyah, Hezbollah’s for­mer Oper­a­tions Chief. They are the lat­est in a series of attacks tar­get­ing Israeli inter­ests in 2012. On Jan­u­ary 12, Thai author­i­ties arrested Artis Hus­sein, a Swedish-Lebanese man author­i­ties claim is a Hezbol­lah oper­a­tive, for allegedly tar­get­ing Israeli inter­ests in Asia. After his arrest, Hus­sein led author­i­ties to a ware­house near Bangkok where over four tons of bomb mak­ing sup­plies were seized. 
Less than two weeks later, Azer­bai­jani author­i­ties announced that they arrested at least two local men for plot­ting to attack the Israeli ambas­sador to Azer­bai­jan and a local rabbi. Azerbaijan’s National Secu­rity Min­istry indi­cated that the men are linked to Iran­ian intel­li­gence agen­cies and were sup­plied with a sniper rifle, explo­sives and money to carry out the attack.
Home­land Secu­rity Sec­re­tary Napoli­tano stressed last week that despite increased threats to Jew­ish and Israeli tar­gets world­wide, there are no spe­cific threats against tar­gets in the United States.