(photo credit: Moshe Milner/GPO)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday said that all the countries of the world that understand that Iran is an exporter of world terror must join Israel in "stating that fact clearly" in order to emphasize the importance of preventing the Islamic Republic from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
Speaking at a press conference in the aftermath of Wednesday's terror attack in Bulgaria in which seven people were killed, five of them Israeli tourists, Netanyahu said that the bus bombing was part of a "world terror campaign" that Iran and its proxy Hezbollah have been waging on five continents over the past year.
The prime minister said that Iran and Hezbollah have tried to carry out terror attacks in India, Thailand, Kenya, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Georgia, Greece, South Africa, Cyprus and the US, where they attempted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador.
Netanyahu vowed that Israel would not submit to Iran's terror, saying Israel was a "strong country with strong people." He added that Israel would "exact a heavy price" from Iran and Hezbollah for perpetrating the attack.
The prime minister said that Israel and world security agencies have caught Hezbollah and Iranian operatives in all these countries, after attacks, planning terror attacks and laying the infrastructure to wage their war of terror.
Netanyahu thanked Bulgarian government and the country's citizens for working quickly to save the lives of Israelis injured in the attack. He referred to Bulgaria as "a true friend of Israel."
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Netanyahu's statement blaming Iran for standing behind the terror attack came after Iran's embassy in Bulgaria denied on Thursday
accusations that Tehran was behind the bomb attack.
"The unfounded statements by different statesmen of the Zionist regime in connection with the accusations against Iran about its possible participation in the incident with the blown-up bus with Israeli tourists in Burgas is a familiar method of the Zionist regime, with a political aim, and is a sign of the weakness ... of the accusers," the Islamic Republic's mission in Sofia said in a statement.
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