IDF ups security overseas on Iran attack intel (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ 05/11/12)
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The IDF has significantly boosted security for senior officers and
official military delegations traveling overseas in recent months,
amid intelligence that Iran and Hezbollah are plotting attacks
against such targets, a senior IDF officer revealed on Thursday.
News of the increase in security comes following a recent wave of
attempted bombing attacks that Iran and Hezbollah are believed to
have tried to carry out in Thailand, Georgia, India and Azerbaijan.
All of the plots were foiled except a bombing in New Delhi that
injured the wife of a Defense Ministry official stationed in the
“The threat has significantly increased over the past half-a-year,”
the senior officer said. “There seems to be – as recent attempts have
shown – an increase in motivation to carry out such an attack.”
In the IDF, the Operations Directorate is responsible for the
security of senior officers and military delegations in Israel and
abroad. For this purpose, the directorate operates a special unit of
bodyguards – known as the General Staff Security Unit – to protect
senior officers and delegations.
“We are aware of this threat and take all of the necessary
precautions,” the officer said, adding that in some cases the IDF
even cancels officer trips to specific countries due to intelligence
about potential Hezbollah or Iranian activity there.
Hezbollah is believed to be attempting to attack Israel in order to
avenge the 2008 assassination of its military commander Imad
Mughniyeh, who was killed in a car bombing in Damascus that was
attributed to the Mossad.
Iran is also believed to be actively seeking revenge for the
assassination of a number of nuclear scientists over the past two
“It is not limited just to Iran and Hezbollah – but also Hamas,
Islamic Jihad and Global Jihad elements would view an attack against
an IDF officer or delegation overseas a success,” the officer said.
While Mughniyeh was held in high regard within Hezbollah, the Israeli
defense establishment believes that there are other motives behind
Hezbollah and Iran’s desire to attack Israel overseas.
One of the motives is understood to be part of Iranian efforts to
deter the West from launching a military strike against its nuclear
facilities by showing the world that together with its main proxy –
Hezbollah – it can strike anywhere it wants, even as far as India and
Thailand. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/11/12)
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