FM: 'Our answer to terrorism: Open more Israeli missions'

Speaking at ceremony for fallen foreign service officials, Lieberman says despite ongoing security threats, more offices should be opened abroad.

May 8, 2011 13:48
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Avigdor Lieberman

Avigdor Lieberman 521. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday that last year there were several direct and indirect efforts to harm Israeli missions abroad in the past year, adding that some were published and some were not.

"Our answer to terrorism is to open more offices are the world, despite ongoing security threats," Lieberman said during a speech at a ceremony in Jerusalem in memory of 16 fallen foreign service officials.

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Israel’s embassies have been targets in the past.

In February, Foreign Ministry officials confirmed that four missions in Turkey did not open because of concrete warnings of possible terrorist attacks timed to mark the third anniversary of Hezbollah military commander Imad Mughniyeh’s assassination.

In addition to Istanbul, the other embassies that restricted their operations were in Azerbaijan and Georgia.

In 2008, a bomb plot was uncovered against the embassy in Baku. In 2009, the Los Angeles Times reported that Hezbollah and Iran were behind that plot – which was also believed to have been aimed at avenging Mughniyeh’s assassination.

In 1992, the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires was bombed, killing 29 people and leaving hundreds wounded.

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