Israel embassies were on heightened alert Tuesday and four were closed at the
beginning of the week, following concrete warnings of possible terrorist attacks
timed to mark the third anniversary of Hezbollah military commander Imad
The Foreign Ministry issued a statement
Tuesday saying a number of “irregular incidents” had been noticed recently
around a number of Israeli diplomatic missions abroad.
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upped for officials abroad
“At this point we
think there is a threat against those locations, and it is being dealt with,”
the statement read.
“The relevant Israeli authorities are in contact with
the relevant authorities in the countries in question.”
Ministry did not identify the embassies in question, with one official only
saying that for precautionary reasons, the four embassies did not open on
A travel advisory issued Friday by the National Security
Council’s counter-terrorism bureau shed some light on the
Under the heading of “Concrete Threats,” the warning said the
threat of attacks against Israel and Jewish targets abroad had increased. It
referenced eight countries specifically: Egypt, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, the
Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania and Venezuela.
Israel’s embassies have been
targets in the past. In 2008, a bomb plot was uncovered against the Israeli
Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan.
In 2009, the Los Angeles Times
Hezbollah and Iran were behind that plot – which was also believed to have been
aimed at avenging Mughniyeh’s assassination.
Mughniyeh was killed by a
car bomb in Damascus on February 12, 2008, as he made his way to a celebration
at the Iranian cultural center in the Syrian capital.
In addition to
serving as Hezbollah’s chief of military operations, he was also the group’s
liaison with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
Hezbollah and Iran have
blamed the Mossad for his death.
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