Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed “Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah” for two terror attacks on Monday — a blast in New Delhi that injured an Israeli Embassy staffer and a thwarted car bombing in Tbilisi. He added that Israel would “continue to take strong and systematic, yet patient, action against the international terrorism that originates in Iran.”
Netanyahu referred to recent attempted attacks against Israeli and Jewish targets in Thailand and Azerbaijan, thanking governments around the world for their help in foiling these attacks.
The IDF held an emergency meeting following the New Delhi attack. Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz summoned top generals from strategic IDF branches, including Military Intelligence Director Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, Commander in Chief of the Israeli Air Force Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan, and the head of the Operations Branch, Maj. Gen. Ya’acov Ayish.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the bombs in India and Georgia proved once more that Israel and Israelis are being targeted by terrorists all over the world. He added that Israeli diplomats are constantly on the front lines, facing anti-Israel campaigns around the world.
President Shimon Peres condemned the attacks in a press statement released Monday evening, saying Israel would not be deterred by terror. He added that he had spoken by phone to Israel’s ambassadors in India and Georgia, Alon Ushpiz and Yitzhak Gerberg, asking them to thank the diplomatic staff for all their work and to pass on his appreciation to local authorities for their efforts.
India’s Foreign Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna called Lieberman to express shock over the attack, and vowed that India would do all it could to find those responsible.
Earlier Monday a bomb exploded next to an Israeli diplomatic car in New Delhi, lightly wounding Tal Koren Yehoshua, a female employee at the embassy. A second attack was foiled as a bomb placed under the car of a local staffer employed by the Israeli Embassy in Tbilisi was found and dismantled.
Iran denied any involvement in Monday’s attacks.