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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