Washington, June 23 – Iran and its proxy Hezbollah have tried to attack Israeli and Jewish targets in more than 20 countries in the past two years before finally succeeding last week in Bulgaria, according to Israeli intelligence information.
The information was provided in a briefing to the Israeli cabinet on Sunday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview with Fox TV that Hezbollah, the Islamic fundamentalist group based in Lebanon armed and financed by Iran and Syria, was behind last week’s suicide bombing which killed five Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver.
“I am giving you something that I know as the prime minister of Israel, because I know, based on absolutely rock-solid intelligence, this is Hezbollah, and this is something that Iran knows about very, very well,” Netanyahu said.
Another report by the New York Police Department said Iranian Revolutionary Guards or their proxies have been involved so far this year in nine plots against Israeli or Jewish targets around the world, according to restricted police documents obtained by Reuters.
Three plots were foiled in January, three in February and another three since late June. Last week's suicide bomb attack in Burgas, Bulgaria was the second plot to be unmasked there this year.
The reports detail two plots in Bangkok and one each in New Delhi, Tbilisi, Baku, Mombasa and Cyprus. Each plot was attributed to Iran or Hezbollah. The news service said U.S. officials increasingly concurred with Israeli assessments that Iran and its proxies organized the Burgas attack.
The Pentagon said Friday that there were signs that Hezbollah orchestrated the suicide bombing.
Among the dead were childhood friends Itzik Kolengi, 28, and Amir Menashe, 27, both of whom were buried in the central Israeli town of Petah Tikva last Friday.
Kolengi's wife, Gilat, was wounded in the attack and remains hospitalized. The couple has an infant daughter.
"I promise you that the family and I will watch forever over your wife, Gilat, and your amazing daughter, Noya, who looks exactly like you, and we'll raise her just as you would have wanted," Kolangi's brother David said during his eulogy.
Israel has asked the European community to list Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman transmitted the request to the EU in Brussels.