Liberman: Israeli diplomats are on the front lines.

 Response to terror attacks in Delhi and Tbilisi


Police and forensic officials examine a damaged Israeli embassy car after an explosion in New Delhi (Photo: Reuters)

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman: "Israeli diplomats are on the front lines. Israel knows how to identify those who are responsible for the blast."

"It just shows that Israel and its citizens face terror inside and outside of Israel. We deal with it every day. We know how to identify exactly who is responsible for the attack and who carried it out. We will not allow this to affect our agenda."

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today made the following remarks:

"In recent months we have witnessed several attempts to attack Israeli citizens and Jews in several countries, including Azerbaijan, Thailand and others. In each instance we succeeded in foiling the attacks in cooperation with local authorities. Iran and its proxy Hizbullah were behind all of these attempted attacks. 

Today we have witnessed two additional attempted terrorist attacks on innocent civilians, the first against an Israeli woman who was wounded in New Delhi and the second against a local employee of the Israeli Embassy in Georgia. Iran is behind these attacks; it is the largest exporter of terrorism in the world. The Government of Israel and the security services will continue to act together with local security forces against such acts of terrorism.  We will continue to take strong and systematic, yet patient, action against the international terrorism that originates in Iran."

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President Shimon Peres today (Monday), 13 February 2012, strongly condemned the acts of terrorism against Israeli embassy personnel India and Georgia. He said, "We will continue to defend and protect our citizens anywhere in the world. These acts of terrorism will not deter us."

President Peres spoke earlier today with Israeli Ambassador to India Alon Ushpiz and Israeli Ambassador to Georgia Itzhak Gerberg and told them: "I want to encourage the embassies’ staffs in both countries and thank the governments and security forces in India and Georgia for their help and cooperation in this matter."

Regarding Iran, the President said, "Iran is not only building a bomb and threatening to destroy our people, the government of Iran today is the headquarters of terrorism, of hatred and of war, and will not spare any effort to attempt to kill and to destroy. The Iranian government does not have a future because it does not promise a future. We shall meet the Iranian dangers as it should be done – with the maximum effort to make the region secure and peaceful."

President Peres was updated on the situation of the Israeli citizen, Tal Yehoshua Koren, who is in hospital in India, and on the cooperation with the local authorities at the scenes of the attacks. "I want to wish her a speedy recovery and hope she will be well soon," the President added.

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Defense Minister Ehud Barak (14 February 2012): "The attempted attack in Bangkok proves once again that Iran and its proxies are continuing to perpetrate terrorism.  The recent attacks are yet another example of this. Iran and Hizbullah are elements of unrelenting terrorism and are endangering the stability not only of the region, but of the entire world."