Israel demands security for tourists in Greece, Cyprus
Friday, 07. September 2012, 15:53
Israel has asked security forces around the world, including in Cyprus and Greece, to increase protection for Israeli tourists ahead of the High Holy Days.
The request has gone out to police and governments in
additional countries such as Thailand, where large numbers of Israelis are set
to visit in the coming weeks.
“We’ve identified a
continuation of the Iranian global campaign to launch terror attacks on
Israelis,” a defense source said on Wednesday.
“Masses of Israelis will head abroad,” the source added.
There are no concrete intelligence tip offs on impending
attacks, other than in the Sinai Peninsula, but the Israeli defense community
says that the deadly terrorist atrocity in Bulgaria, in which five Israelis and
a local bus driver were murdered by a suicide bomber, does not mark the end of
the Iranian-led terror campaign.
“The ongoing wave of terror began with official state
symbols,” the source said, referring to botched terror attacks on Israeli
targets in February of this year, in India, Thailand and Georgia, “They then
targeted soft targets, tourists,” the source added.
“The campaign is being led by Iran, with Hezbollah acting
as its proxy,” the source said.
Israeli embassies around the world have received security
updates, while venues that host large numbers of Israelis are also seeing
stepped up security.
“We’re sending messages to every country hosting Israeli
tourists,” the source added. “It is very disturbing to see Iran, as a terrorist
state, wage this determined campaign,” he said.
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