Israel Political Brief February 13, 2012: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blames Iran for attacks on diplomats in India, Georgia

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Iran is behind the attacks

Source:  The Prime Minister of Israel — 2-13-12

In recent months we have witnessed several attempts to attack Israeli citizens and Jews in several countries, including Azerbaijan, Thailand and others.  In each instance we succeeded in foiling the attacks in cooperation with local authorities.  Iran and its proxy Hezbollah were behind all of these attempted attacks.  Today we have witnessed two additional attempted terrorist attacks on innocent civilians, the first against an Israeli woman who was wounded in New Delhi and the second against a local employee of the Israeli Embassy in Georgia.  Iran is behind these attacks; it is the largest exporter of terrorism in the world.  The Government of Israel and the security services will continue to act together with local security forces against such acts of terrorism.  We will continue to take strong and systematic, yet patient, action against the international terrorism that originates in Iran.

Netanyahu blames Iran for attacks on diplomats in India, Georgia

Source: JTA, 2-13-12

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran for a terrorist attack and an attempted attack on Israeli Embassy employees in India and Georgia.

An Israeli diplomat’s wife in New Delhi was injured by a car bomb, and a second bomb was disabled in a staff member’s car at the Israeli embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Monday in what appeared to be related incidents.

“Iran is behind these attacks; it is the largest exporter of terrorism in the world,” Netanyahu said in a statement issued following reports of the attacks. “The Government of Israel and the security services will continue to act together with local security forces against such acts of terrorism. We will continue to take strong and systematic, yet patient, action against the international terrorism that originates in Iran.”…READ MORE

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Israel Political Brief February 13, 2012: Facebook page begs Bibi Netanyahu Don’t strike Iran before Madonna concert

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Don’t strike Iran before Madonna concert, Facebook page begs Bibi

Source: JTA, 2-13-12

A new Facebook page is calling on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to refrain from striking Iran’s nuclear sites until after Madonna performs in Israel.

A day after Madonna announced last week that she is launching her new world tour in Israel in support of her latest album, the Facebook page “Bibi don’t start a war with Iran until after Madonna’s show on May 29” was established by Israeli artist Kobi Zvili. It has received 790 likes.

“We are hereby to declare that this page and it’s organisars (sic) are anti war of any kind,” a statement on the information page reads. “We are pro peace. We love Madonna, and it’s just our humorous way of dealing with not so humorous life in the middle east. We send our neighbors in Iran a message of unity, and hope Madonna will grace their country with a visit on her upcoming tour.” Read more »

Israel Political Brief February 13, 2012: After New Delhi attack, fears that Iran-Israel attacks could escalate

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After New Delhi attack, fears that Iran-Israel attacks could escalate

Source: JTA, 2-13-12

Two people were injured when a bomb went off outside the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi, India on Feb. 13., 2012.
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Two people were injured when a bomb went off outside the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi, India on Feb. 13., 2012.

Iran and Israel appear to be locked in an assassination contest.

Israeli leaders blamed Iran for two assassination attempts late Sunday and early Monday — in Tbilisi, Georgia, and in New Delhi, India. The bomb in Tbilisi was disabled before it could be activated, and the attack in India wounded the wife of an Israeli diplomat and her driver.

The attacks follow a number of reported attempts on Israeli and Jewish targets, most recently in Azerbaijan and Thailand. They also follow a series of assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists and military figures associated with Iran — most recently on Jan. 11. Iran has blamed Israel for being behind those attacks. In keeping with Israeli policy on such issues, Israeli officials have declined to comment.

Experts warn that the attacks could get worse.

“It’s clear we’re already in a situation of escalation, but what’s still not clear is how far that’s going to go,” said Michael Adler, an expert on Iran at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

If Iran manages to kill Israelis, it could invite an escalated response from Israel….READ MORE

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