‘Israel will respond to Burgas attack at the right time,’ vice premier warns

Moshe Ya’alon blames Iran for death of five Israeli vacationers in Bulgarian bombing

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (photo credit: Yehoshua Yosef/Flash90)
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (photo credit: Yehoshua Yosef/Flash90)

Israel will respond at the right time and place to the Iranian-perpetrated deaths of five civilians in Bulgaria, Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon warned Friday.

Ya’alon also reiterated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement on Thursday that Wednesday’s terror attack in Bulgaria, in which five Israelis were killed, was carried out by Hezbollah and directed by Iran.

“We have no doubt that Iran and its emissaries stand behind this terrorist attack, in light of their recent attempts of late to harm Israeli targets,” Ya’alon said. “We place full responsibility for the attack on Tehran.”

The vice prime minister also cautioned Israelis to be aware that they are a target while traveling abroad.

Ya’alon’s statements Friday morning followed a statement the evening prior by his colleague, Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom, that Israel will not sit idly by and will respond to the terror unleashed against its citizens.

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