Friday, July 20, 2012

Bulgarian Foreign Minister: Mistake to blame ‘any country or organization’ for Burgas attack at this point

Adam Horowitz

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov has told Benjamin Netanyahu to slow down before using the terrorist attack in Burgas as an excuse for war with Iran or Hezbollah. So far all that is known about the suspected bomber (pictured above) is that he was traveling with a fake Michigan driver's license. Haaretz reports:
However, speaking on Thursday, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov said that he thought "it is wrong and a mistake to point fingers at this stage of the investigation at any country or organization."
"We are only in the beginning of the investigation and it is wrong to jump to conclusions," he added, saying that Bulgaria had "excellent cooperation with the Israeli security forces in matters pertaining to the investigation."
Mladenov added that the countries "will investigate until we discover who is behind the attack. At this stage all we know about the identity of the culprit is his external appearance and a copy of a counterfeit Michigan driver's license."
Yesterday, Netanyahu issued a statement saying, “all signs point towards Iran." News sources are reporting this morning that Iran denies any responsibility.

Haaretz commentator Amir Oren says Netanyahu wants to turn an Israeli intelligence failure into an excuse to attack Iran:
And yet Benjamin Netanyahu, for his own reasons, is trying to turn the failure into an accomplishment. Two hours after the attack, he was saying that “all signs lead to Iran.”
Naturally, this is a well-founded suspicion; but from a prime minister – as opposed to a commentator – one expects a little more proof. And until he has proof, Netanyahu is talking about a worldwide pattern “in recent months” and the 18th anniversary of attack on Jewish community in Buenos Aires (which did not justify, in his eyes, a heightened alert concerning terror attacks). The conclusion: “This is an Iranian terror attack.” The aspiration that follows: “Israel will react forcefully to Iranian terror.”
Even if Netanyahu’s wish comes true, and evidence to Iran’s responsibility is found, it would not justify moving beyond the shadow war of what appears to be mutual terror attacks and onto a big war, the one that according to Ehud Barak would only take the lives of 500 Israelis – all in all, Burgas times 70.

Help Us Transmit This Story

    Add to Your Blogger Account
    Put it On Facebook
    Tweet this post
    Print it from your printer
     Email and a collection of other outlets
     Try even more services

No comments:

Post a Comment