Jerusalem, July 22 – Security authorities in the United Kingdom have raised the terrorism assessment for the Olympic Games in London following last week’s suicide bomb attack against Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, a report said Sunday.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the world’s intelligence community is on the alert for terror attacks at the London Olympics, which open on Friday. Events like the Olympics attract terror plots, Barak said, noting that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Munich Olympic massacre when Palestinian terrorists murdered 11 Israeli Olympians at the 1972 games.
The suicide bombing in the Bulgarian tourist city of Burgas killed six people and wounded 34. Qaedat al-Jihad, a branch of Al-Qeada, claimed responsibility saying: "The month of Ramadan is a month of holy war and death for Allah. It is a month for fighting the enemies of Allah and God's messenger, the Jews and their American facilitators.”
However, the attack was similar to previous terrorist incidents carried out by the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group and occurred on the exact same date as the deadly Hezbollah bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in 1994 that killed 86 people and wounded hundreds. Iran has been linked to numerous international attacks this year against Israeli targets in Asia, Africa and Europe.
“The state of Israel guards the safety of its citizens wherever they are,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting. “We will of course continue to struggle and fight terrorism, its dangers and perpetrators.”
There are two countries, Iraq and Jordan, and over 1,000 km of distance between Israel and Iran, however, Iranian leaders have for years repeatedly stated their desire to destroy Israel. Earlier this year the head of the Iranian military said his nation’s goal is “the full annihilation of Israel.”