Mossad reportedly fears Iranian attack on Israeli athletes at Olympics (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By JOSHUA DAVIDOVICH 07/22/12)
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Agents sent to European capitals to hunt down Iran’s Quds Force
following Burgas bombing, Sunday Times reports; Defense official
dismisses spy novel scenario, says there is no concrete threat
Israel reportedly fears Iran or a proxy organization may seek to
attack Israelis during the Olympic Games, set to begin later this
week, The Sunday Times reported.
Israel had already planned for beefed-up security for its delegation
at the Games in London, but now harbors concerns that the terrorists
responsible for last week’s bombing of an Israeli tourist bus in
Burgas, Bulgaria, will strike again, the paper reported Sunday.
According to the Sunday Times, agents from the Mossad spy agency and
Shin Bet security service, who flew to Bulgaria in the wake of the
bombing, have hurried to try to identify the bomber and his helpers
in an effort to counter any possible threats on Israel’s delegation
to the high-profile event.
A Mossad agent in Bulgaria has reportedly been in close contact with
Britain’s security service about possible threats. According to the
report, special Mossad agents have been dispatched to capitals around
Europe where members of Iran’s Quds Force are known to be working out
Though the group responsible for the Bulgaria bombing Wednesday,
which left six dead, is still unconfirmed, Israeli officials have
pointed to Iran or its proxy Hezbollah as the probable culprits.
Iran is also thought to have been behind a number of foiled attacks
on Israeli targets around the world in the last several months,
including in a car bomb targeting the wife of Israel’s Defense
attaché in India in February.
Officials have said terror groups are now looking to hit ‘soft’
Israeli targets outside of Israel, rather than trying to penetrate
security measures inside the country.
The Defense Ministry’s director of policy and political-military
affairs Maj. Gen. Amos Gilad (res.) rejected the Times’ description
of the efforts in an interview to Army Radio Sunday morning,
characterizing them as “Literary descriptions taken out of spy
“Intelligence services simply don’t operate in that way, dispatching
dozens of agents to chase down ghosts,” said Gilad. He explained that
Israel’s intelligence agencies, in cooperation with their
international counterparts, are constantly working to foil terror
attacks and that in reality their tasks involved meticulous work
conducted by skilled people and urged people to remain calm and keep
things in perspective. He said there is no concrete threat on an
attack during the Olympics.
Gilad reiterated Israel’s belief that Iran and Hezbollah were behind
the Burgas attack, stressing that Israel and its partners had
successfully foiled several terror attacks in recent months. “When
the terrorists succeed they make bloody headlines. Our successes
seldom get reported,” he said.
Tensions between Iran and Israel have ramped up in recent years as
Israel has lobbied against Tehran’s nuclear program, threatening
military action if needed to stop it. The Islamic Republic has
fingered Israel for a number of assassinations of nuclear scientists,
a claim Israel denies.
British officials have said security around the high-profile Olympic
games will be tight, and Israeli athletes will be under special
protection and kept in an area apart from the general athletes’
The London Games mark the 40th anniversary of an attack on Israeli
athletes in the Munich Olympics that ended with 11 members of the
team being killed. In that case, Palestinian terrorists stormed the
Israelis’ living quarters, killing two and taking nine hostage. The
hostage Israelis were later killed during a botched raid by German
soldiers. (© 2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 07/22/12)
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