The government didn’t hesitate to point a finger on Wednesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, apparently supported by detailed intelligence, immediately blamed Iran for the terror attack on Israelis in Bulgaria that killed seven people.
If this is so, the man behind the attack in Burgas would be Gen. Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, who operates the Guards’ overseas operations. Hezbollah assists Quds, but the Lebanese group has been less effective since Imad Mughniyeh’s assassination in 2008.
Suleimani has had his share of failures in recent years. Yesterday’s attack was Iran and Hezbollah’s first triumph after a series of mistakes.
Since Mughniyeh’s assassination - which Iran and Hezbollah attribute to Israel - Israel’s intelligence community has foiled dozens of attempted revenge attacks throughout the world. Foreign media reports, some of which were officially confirmed in Israel, told of terror attacks that were thwarted in Turkey, Greece, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Thailand, Kenya and other countries.
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