Iran kidnap fears prompt security alert for Israeli officials

Fearing that Iran will try to kidnap senior Israeli officials who are travelling abroad the security establishment is reevaluating and adjusting security arrangements for certain officials visiting non-Western and Muslim countries. On Sunday, Arab media reports accused Israel and the United States of abducting Iranian General Ali-Raza Asgari, a veteran of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards who went missing during a private visit to Istanbul last month. The reports suggested that the Mossad and the CIA were behind Asgari's disappearance. Israel has denied involvement in the general's disappearance, but The Daily Telegraph speculated on Monday that Asgari could have been abducted by Israel to shed light on the whereabouts of missing IAF navigator Ron Arad, who Israel has claimed might have been held at one point by Iran. The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) - the agency in charge of providing security for Israeli officials - said: "We formulate our security arrangements according to developments in the field and intelligence information."