Friday, February 17, 2012
By: Vickie J. Rubinson
Diplomatic Circles Report
A Wave of terrorist attacks against Israeli diplomats catches the defense establishment by surprise. Israel's request for more stringent measures is approved by host countries. Some diplomats provided with round-the-clock security details.
An Israeli counter-terrorism official says Iran and Hezbollah are plotting more attacks on Israelis overseas. The official did not identify specific countries that might be targets, but said Israel had "general information reflecting intent."
He says Israel drew this conclusion from intelligence reports and findings from investigations into the recent bombing attacks targeting Israeli diplomats in India and botched attempts in Georgia and Thailand.
Israel has blamed Iran for all three attacks and there has been speculation Hezbollah acted on behalf of its Iranian patron Iran and Hezbollah have denied involvement in three attacks.
The Israeli official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record. The counter-terrorism bureau has called on Israeli citizens abroad to be vigilant for possible additional attacks and to avoid receiving suspicious packages from strangers. Israel Radio reported on Friday, Israel embassies and Jewish institutions around the world have also been instructed to remain on high alert.