Israeli security officers 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The defense establishment is tightening security over Israeli delegations
overseas out of concern that Iran will avenge the assassination on Wednesday of
a senior nuclear scientist and ahead of the anniversary of the killing of
Hezbollah’s military chief.
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Security officials said that meetings were
being held regularly by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and the
Counterterrorism Bureau to assess the threat and make adjustments to the
security of delegations and senior officials overseas.
On Thursday, a
hardline Iranian newspaper with links to the country’s top authority called on
the clerical establishment to take retaliatory measures against Israel for the
killing of scientist Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan in Tehran.
Israel has neither
confirmed nor denied its role in the assassination.
“We should retaliate
against Israel for the martyring of our young scientist,” wrote Hossein
Shariatmadari, the editorin- chief of the Kayhan
newspaper, who was appointed by
the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “These corrupted people are
easily identifiable and readily within our reach... assassinations of the
Zionist regime’s military men and officials are very easy.”
the calls for retaliation by the Iranians, the Israeli defense establishment
traditionally goes on high alert this time of year ahead of the anniversary of
the assassination of Imad Mughniyeh, the commander of Hezbollah who was killed
in a car bombing in Damascus in February 2008. Hezbollah has accused Israel of
perpetrating the assassination.
Hezbollah is believed to be actively
seeking revenge for Mughniyeh’s death, 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.Earlier in the week
, the Israeli
Transportation Ministry asked Bulgarian authorities to tighten security measures
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.