Monday, February 13, 2012

Israeli Embassy Staffers Targeted in India and Georgia

Staff members of two Israeli embassies, one in Georgia and the other in India, were targeted with car bombs today, injuring several people.

Below is a TV news report about the attack in Delhi. Unfortunately, the audio quality in this clip is not good:

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu made a public statement identifying Iran and Hezbollah as instigators of the attacks. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this video:

Reuters this report on the incidents:

Israel Says Iran Behind India, Georgia Attacks

(Reuters) - Israel accused arch-enemies Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of being behind twin bomb attacks that targeted embassy staff in India and Georgia on Monday, wounding four people.

Tehran denied involvement in the strike, which has amplified tensions between two countries at loggerheads over Iran’s contested nuclear program. Hezbollah, the powerful Shi’ite Muslim movement in neighboring Lebanon, declined comment.

Police in the Indian capital New Delhi said a bomb wrecked a car carrying the wife of the Israeli Defence attache as she was going to pick up her children from school. She needed surgery to remove shrapnel but her life was not in danger, officials said.

Three others suffered lesser injuries in the same blast. Israeli officials said an attempt to bomb an embassy car in the Georgian capital Tbilisi had failed and the device was defused.

Israel had put its foreign missions on high alert ahead of the anniversary of the February 12, 2008 assassination in Syria of the military mastermind of Hezbollah, Imad Moughniyeh -- an attack blamed on the Jewish state.

Israel is also believed to be locked in a wider covert war with Iran, whose nuclear program has been beset by sabotage, including the unclaimed killings of several Iranian nuclear scientists, most recently in January.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to blame both Iran and Hezbollah, accusing them of responsibility for a string of recent attempted attacks in countries as far apart as Thailand and Azerbaijan.

“Iran and its proxy Hezbollah are behind each of these attacks,” said Netanyahu. “We will continue to take strong and systematic, yet patient, action against the international terrorism that originates in Iran.”

Iran’s ambassador to India denied that his government had anything to do with the attack on the New Delhi embassy.

“Any terrorist attack is condemned (by Iran) and we strongly reject the untrue comments by an Israeli official,” Mehdi Nabizadeh was quoted as saying by IRNA. “These accusations are untrue and sheer lies, like previous times.”

Israeli officials have long made veiled threats to retaliate in Lebanon for any Hezbollah attack on their interests abroad, arguing that as the militia sits in the government in Beirut, its actions reflect national policy.

Motorcycle Attack

The New Delhi blast took place some 500 meters from the official residence of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

B.K. Gupta, the New Delhi police commissioner, said an eyewitness had seen a motorcyclist stick a device to the back of the car, which had diplomatic plates.

“The eyewitness ... says it (was) some kind of magnetic device. As soon as the motorcycle moved away a good distance from the car, the car blew up and it caught fire,” said Gupta.

The Iranian scientist killed in Tehran last month died in a similar such attack. No one has claimed responsibility for this.

Israel named the injured woman as Talya Yehoshua Koren.

“She was able to drag herself from the car and is now at the American hospital (in New Delhi), where two Israeli doctors are treating her,” said a Defence ministry spokesman.


Anonymous said...

it seems pretty unlikely that Iran would attack Israeli staff inside India,

because India is Iran's only large trading partner not accepting sanctions on Iran.

It seems a lot more probable that it would be Israels DREAM come true for its personnel to be attacked inside of India, since Israel wants to find a way to convince India to ababdon Iran.

I am not pro-Iran, but am pro-truth, and anti-propaganda.

Look at the minor fire damage to the rear of the Israeli staffers car in India, and you see no explosive damage at all, only burn damage that would not affect the passengers.
In the 'simultaneous' attack in georgia the mystery 'bomb' got discovered before going off according to the israelis.

None of this makes any sense, since Iran has made explosive formed penentrators that can wipe out abrams tanks,
yet the only 'bomb' that went off caused a minor fire to the extreme rear of the car before the passenger exited.

I would need unbiased details to form a certain opinion, but Israel has a huge benefit to alienating Iran from India, and the attacks are almost a joke, like they were staged.

They may both be Israeli false-flags to serve obvious purposes both the anger India against Iran, and also to give provocation to a attack that Israel wants a excuse for.

Once again i am not anti-israel or pro-iran, but this media account, and israels account in this case seems absurd,
and like a false flag.

Iran has the ability to take out a abrams tank with a EFP, but cannot do more that slightly burn the rear bonnet of a hyundai commuter sedan??
The end goal must be the truth, and this tale sounds pretty 'fishy'

rui said...

Hmm, not so sure, mr "Anonymous"... true, the involvement of the iranian state may be "fishy", but I say this is the work of islamists nonetheless. I mean, the underwear bomber and times square bombers were also dudds... but out of incompetence of the perpetrators. It doesn't mean there was state involvement per se... unless of course we recal that islam IS a state. This is my rethorical throat clearing.

muslims think their "deity" gives them authority to massacre innocents anywhere in the world, so it is no stretch of the imagination attributing this other attack to muslims; "slay them wherever ye find them" or words (and deeds) to that effect. It was an anti-semitic act and we all know that muslims can't go for more than a few seconds without spitting bile at Israel and Jews and planning and praying for their annihilation.

But, as you say, let's wait and see. There may be more to this story.