A suicide bombing aboard a bus in Burgas, Bulgaria (about 250 miles east of the capital Sofia) has resulted in the deaths of seven Israeli tourists and has injured at least two dozen others.
For his part, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds Iran responsible for the incident. It was 18 years ago today that Hezbollah carried out a bombing at a Jewish community center in Buenos Aries, Argentina killing 85 people and injuring hundreds of others. Hezbollah issued a statement denying responsibility for the attack.
In recent months, authorities in various countries have arrested individuals (mostly Iranian) who have been allegedly planning attacks against Israeli interests. Just the other day, police in Cyprus arrested a Lebanese man for plotting an attack against an Israeli passenger aircraft or bus. Like Bulgaria, Cyprus is frequented by Israeli tourists. Netanyahu also pointed the finger at Iran following that arrest. Other plots against Israeli interests have been thwarted in Thailand, India, Georgia as well as in Azerbaijan and Kenya.
Sadly this plot could not be thwarted.
Netanyahu has warned Iran that this attack will prompt a “strong response against Iranian terror.” Whether that strong response involves bombing Iran remains to be seen.
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