Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon warned Monday that every Iranian embassy
throughout the world also serves as a base for gathering intelligence and
planning terror activities.
Speaking during a meeting with visiting
Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina, Ya’alon said that Israel was “following
with concern all of Iran’s activities in the world, because we have been hit by
their terror in Argentina, Bulgaria and India.”
Ya’alon accused the
Iranians of using the diplomatic mail service to transfer bombs and
He said that Israel knows of Iranian terror bases in Cuba,
Nicaragua, Venezuela and Bolivia, both at their embassies and among the local
“They have built this infrastructure for potential
attacks against Jews, Israelis and Israeli interests, but it is also important
to them as an infrastructure for possible action in the United States, the
defense minister said.
Ya’alon charged the Iranians with using
drug-smuggling channels to smuggle weapons into the United States, citing the
planned assassination of the Saudi ambassador to Washington two years
“This all points to the intentions of the Iranian regime. The terror
infrastructure they are building throughout the world is giving them ambition
for their goal to export their Shi’ite revolution to the entire world,” Ya’alon
The defense minister stated the Iranians were involved in every
conflict in the Middle East, as well, and were lending support to every group
fighting Israel and the West.
Ya’alon said that the Iranian ambition for
hegemony in the region and in the world makes it doubly important that they not
be allowed to obtain a nuclear weapon.
“It’s a threat against the
stability of the entire world, and therefore we are insisting that, one way or
another, they must never have a bomb,” he added.