Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on Wednesday urged the Western world
to respond decisively to Iran's behavior "because just as we have seen
in the past, the Jews are the convenient first target for crazy
dictatorships, but not the last."
In a meeting with Croatian President Ivo Josipović and Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic,
Liberman said the series of attacks carried out in recent days against
Israel's embassies in India, Georgia and Thailand are further proof that
the Islamic Republic "is the most damaging factor to world peace."
accused arch-enemy Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of being
behind twin bomb attacks that targeted Israeli embassy staff in India
and Georgia on Monday and a similar attack in Bangkok on Tuesday. Tehran has denied involvement in the attacks.
on Wednesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said the international
community must set red lines on the Iranian nuclear program, urging the
world to unequivocally condemn Iran for its attacks on Israeli diplomats
"The world must denounce Iran's terrorist activity and
mark red lines on the Iranian nuclear program," Netanyahu told a Knesset
meeting in honor of the visiting Croatian president.
the largest exporter of terrorism in the world," he continued, adding
that "Iran's terrorist activities are currently evident to everyone."
is undermining the stability of the world. It is attacking innocent
diplomats around the world. The countries of the world must condemn
these acts and draw a red line against Iranian aggression. This
aggression, if not stopped, will eventually spread."
Netanyahu's comments came as Iranian state television announced it will unveil a new generation of its domestically made uranium enrichment centrifuges
and load locally made nuclear fuel rods into its Tehran Research
Reactor on Wednesday for the first time, according to Iranian state
"The fourth generation of domestically made centrifuges
have higher speed and production capacity ... it will be unveiled on
Wednesday," state TV said.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.- Gen. Benny Gantz also addressed the recent attacks on Wednesday, saying that Israel must stand strong in the face of regional threats.
Speaking at a memorial marking 15 years since 73 IDF soldiers died in a helicopter crash, Gantz warned that "The Iranian regime is gaining strength in its race for nuclear weapons and is trying to attack Israeli and western targets."
Security Cabinet meets to discuss recent terror attacks
The Security Cabinet met Wednesday in the wake of the recent terror plots against Israelis in Georgia, India and Bangkok.
Foreign Ministry and security service officials presented their assessments of the situation.
discussion covered Iran's involvement in repeated attempts to attack
Israeli targets and its deep involvement in acts of terrorism around the
world, as well as the preventive measures being taken against the
Iranian terrorist assault, according to the prime minister's media
Herb Keinon and Reuters contributed to this report.
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