Israel to complain to UN about embassy bombings

Foreign Ministry drafting "letter of complaint" for UNSC over bombings in India, Georgia, Thailand to isolate Iran.

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February 15, 2012 23:10
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Israel will take this week’s bombings attacks in India, Georgia and Thailand to the UN Security Council, in a move reminiscent of action Saudi Arabia initiated in the world body in November after the US uncovered an Iranian plot to kill Riyadh’s envoy to Washington.

Diplomatic officials said the Foreign Ministry was drawing up a “letter of complaint” to be taken to the Security Council.

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In November, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution by a vote of 106- 9 deploring the plot to kill the Saudi envoy in Washington, and calling on Iran to cooperate in bringing those responsible to justice. The resolution also called on Iran to respects its obligations in protecting diplomats.

Patrick Clawson, research director at Washington’s Institute for Near East Policy, told The Jerusalem Post that this resolution provided an opening for Israel to go to the UN and again get it to discuss Iranian involvement in these types of activities, and further isolate Iran.

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The Foreign Ministry’s drafting of the letter came shortly after the security cabinet, holding a regularly scheduled Wednesday meeting, discussed the spate of bombing attacks, and received a briefing on “preventive measures” taken against the “Iranian terror attacks.”

According to a statement released after the meeting, security officials presented the senior ministers with a report of Iran’s’ “deep involvement” in repeated efforts to attack Israeli targets around the world.

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, meanwhile, urged the world to unequivocally condemn Tehran for its attacks on Israeli diplomats abroad, saying that if this phenomenon was not nipped in the bud immediately, it would spread.

“Iran is the largest exporter of terrorism in the world,” Netanyahu said at a meeting in the Knesset in honor of visiting Croatian President Ivo Josipovic.

“Iran’s terrorist activities are currently evident to everyone,” he said. “Iran 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.”

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, during a meeting with Josipovic and his Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic, also urged the West 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.”

Liberman said the series of attacks carried out in recent days against Israel’s embassies in India, Georgia and Thailand were further proof that Iran is “the most damaging element to world peace.”

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