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Amid reports of a terror threat to Israeli tourists in Sofia, Bulgarian Defense Minister Anu Anguelov will arrive in Tel Aviv on Sunday for talks with Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
Barak and Anguelov will discuss ways to increase defense cooperation between the countries and to add content to a memorandum of understanding the two ministers signed in January 2010.
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Since the deterioration in its ties with Turkey, Israel has looked to bolster its alliances with Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus and Italy. Barak held talks with his Cypriot and Greek counterparts this past week during meetings in Tel Aviv and Athens.
Last week, the head of security at the Israeli Transportation Ministry
asked Bulgarian authorities to increase security around Israeli tourists
in Sofia after a suspicious package was discovered on a bus that was
supposed to transport the tourists from Turkey to Bulgaria.
On Thursday, the defense establishment decided to tighten security over
Israeli delegations overseas out of concern that Iran will avenge the
assassination of a senior nuclear scientist earlier in the week and
ahead of the anniversary of the killing of Hezbollah’s military chief.
Hezbollah is believed to be actively seeking revenge for the
assassination, and over the years there have been reports of a number of
plots that were thwarted including an attempt to bomb the Israeli
embassy in Azerbaijan.