Israel blames Iran for bombs targeting diplomatic staff in India and Georgia

posted at 6:00 pm on February 13, 2012 by Allahpundit

Hard to believe it’s not Iran and/or Hezbollah, but you’d think the pros would be more lethal when they strike.

In a strike virtually identical to attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists, U.S. sources say a passing motorcyclist attached what appeared to be a shaped charge to an Israeli diplomatic vehicle in New Delhi, India. The driver and the wife of Israel’s deputy defense ministry representative to India were wounded…

A single source confirms that a failed attack against an Israeli car in Tblisi, Georgia used a similar method, but the bomb did not detonate. A worker at the embassy alerted local police after seeing a black plastic bag attached to the bottom of the Israeli envoy’s car. The bag held a hand grenade

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has publicly pointed the finger at Iran for the twin attacks in Georgia and India. Both attacks come one day after the fourth anniversary of the assassination of a top Hezbollah leader.

That top Hezbollah leader was, of course, Imad Mughniyeh, whose head was blown off by a bomb planted in his driver seat’s headrest, presumably by Mossad. “Sticky bombs” with shaped charges (designed to focus the explosive force of the blast inward and away from nearby traffic) were used last month to target Iranian scientist Mostafa Ahamdi Roshan, the fourth nuke specialist to face that sort of attack. One big difference between that operation and today’s attempts, though: Roshan was killed and the Israeli victims all survived with nothing worse than moderate shrapnel wounds. Also curious is how low-key the Israeli victims were. One was the wife of a defense ministry official stationed at the embassy in New Delhi, whose car was attacked while she was leaving the complex, the other was a Georgian national who worked at the Israeli embassy in Tbilisi and who discovered the bomb during his morning commute. (It was defused by police.) Hard to believe that either of them were specifically targeted; in the first case, it looks like the wife was a target of opportunity whose car was seen leaving the embassy, and in the second case it may be that the attackers were trying to sneak the bomb into the embassy so that they could detonate it somehow in the parking lot with people around.

Those are my suspicions, but I have no explanation for why an expert outfit like Hezbollah would resort to something as crude as a grenade in a bag or why they’d try to avenge a mastermind like Mughniyeh by targeting two people of no real consequence to Israeli operations. They’re looking for payback for Iran’s nuclear scientists and the best they can do is … moderate injuries to a defense official’s wife? Even if you think they were targeting the official himself instead of her, I would think they’d have decent enough surveillance to know when he’s in the car and isn’t. Maybe their conclusion was that it didn’t matter who they targeted or how bad the damage was: The point was to send a message to Netanyahu (and to Iranians, who might otherwise sense a loss of prestige among the regime for not retaliating), and that message was obviously received. It could also be that Iran is aware of the tension between the U.S. and Israel over targeting Iranian scientists and is trying to drive the wedge by goading Israel into responding. Read this nifty NBC piece from last week alleging that the assassinations inside Iran are being planned by Mossad but carried out by the Mujahedeen e-Khalq — an Iranian dissident group which the U.S. lists as an official terrorist organization. Precisely because they have that designation, U.S. intel can’t deal with them; Israel can, but whether they should is a very different question. The more this goes on, the more heat Obama will take from Iran doves on the left. Or maybe there’s some other grand Iranian strategic calculation that would lead them to hit back on behalf of their scientists … but do a half-assed job of it. What am I missing here?


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I bet Iran runs out of nuclear scientists before Israel runs out of low level diplomats.

tommyboy on February 13, 2012 at 6:02 PM

BOOM!

KOOLAID2 on February 13, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Admininutjob is just another tool in the long line of Jew Haters.

Join the parade to Hell Makmood………and take your Ayatollah buddies with you.

PappyD61 on February 13, 2012 at 6:07 PM

I have no explanation for why an expert outfit like Hezbollah would resort to something as crude as a grenade in a bag

Maybe they were nostalgic for the good old days.

squint on February 13, 2012 at 6:07 PM

I blame Whitney Houston.

JPeterman on February 13, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Precisely because they have that designation, U.S. intel can’t deal with them

Thank you loads for that, Senator Torricelli.

KingGold on February 13, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I bet Iran runs out of nuclear scientists before Israel runs out of low level diplomats.
tommyboy on February 13, 2012 at 6:02 PM

And I’m NOT going to bet against you. : )

listens2glenn on February 13, 2012 at 6:09 PM

“12th Imam to the white courtesy phone…

… 12th Imam, white courtesy phone, please!”

Seven Percent Solution on February 13, 2012 at 6:10 PM

A worker at the embassy alerted local police after seeing a black plastic bag attached to the bottom of the Israeli envoy’s car. The bag held a hand grenade…

I sincerely hope this is indicative of their nuke building prowess.

Kataklysmic on February 13, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Pfffft…Israel is just doing this to themselves so they can attack Iran.

/Jew conspiracy.

SouthernGent on February 13, 2012 at 6:13 PM

I keep saying it here on AP’s posts referencing mugniyeh, and I’ll keep saying it..

Imad was a mastermind, he was in charge of funding, planning, and execution of their terror operations. Hezbollah has not recovered, the foot soldiers are easily replaced, but just like the USA w/ Al Qaeda, the brains and superstars are not as easily put back in play. The more pressure you put on the terrorists the better, it’s when you let them fester that they do the real damage.

saus on February 13, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Maybe Assad did it to coax Israel into an attack on Iran in an attempt to relieve pressure on his regime. I think the Iranians would’ve done a better job.

Aplombed on February 13, 2012 at 6:19 PM

This is really heating up. War is around the corner.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 13, 2012 at 6:23 PM

How odd. I mean, that would indicate that Iran was cozy with Pakistan and Russia. They’re our BUDDIES!

MadisonConservative on February 13, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Someone call Israel a waaaaaaambulance!

They killed top scientists INSIDE Iran, what do they think is going to happen??

This is why nobody cares what happens in the middle east – all they do is kill each other and blame the other party for it.

Savages. All of ‘em.

KMC1 on February 13, 2012 at 6:35 PM

This is really heating up. War is around the corner.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 13, 2012 at 6:23 PM

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem”.

Flora Duh on February 13, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Hezbollah is expert in Lebanon, not everywhere else. Iran was behind this.

J.E. Dyer on February 13, 2012 at 6:46 PM

I blame Whitney Houston.

JPeterman on February 13, 2012 at 6:07 PM

The broadcast news folks in Boston are having a hard time today-they’ve had to report on Whitney’s passing, as well as today’s announcement that the trial of local Democrat Mob Boss Whitey Bulger will start this November.

Yes, I heard one of them call her “Whitey Houston” this evening.

Del Dolemonte on February 13, 2012 at 6:53 PM

This is a test of our International Terrorist Network.

This is only a test.

In the event of an actual Terrorist Action we would do something like murder an Iranian dissident living in somewhere like, say, Houston.

This is only a test.

Bruno Strozek on February 13, 2012 at 6:57 PM

are the Iranians farming out their work to union labor?

that’s all I can come up with…./

ted c on February 13, 2012 at 7:05 PM

I’m still waiting for some of Barry’s “Smart Diplomacy”.

GarandFan on February 13, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Just a matter of time. I always thot the USA would not be a part of the world’s army laying siege to Israel. Alas with progressives in charge, we will be on the losing side of armeggedon.

AH_C on February 13, 2012 at 7:21 PM

And yes, Oboobi would love to be the Antichrist, if only he could perform a miracle or two.

AH_C on February 13, 2012 at 7:23 PM

In the event of an actual Terrorist Action we would do something like murder an Iranian dissident living in somewhere like, say, Houston.

This is only a test.

Bruno Strozek on February 13, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Houston-and unfortunately-Lubbock are the big muslim ‘centers’ in TX.
There’s a reason why the Saudi that was caught @ SPC last year chose Lubbock rather than Amarillo or SA.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 13, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Pray for the best, plan for the worst, and thank God when the you see that the result ends up being in-between.

solatic on February 13, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Pfffft…Israel is just doing this to themselves so they can attack Iran.

/Jew conspiracy.

SouthernGent on February 13, 2012 at 6:13 PM

You would be surprised at how often I hear exactly that from certain quarters. Or else CIA in collusion with Israel.

Doomberg on February 13, 2012 at 7:59 PM

The thing is that Iran and Hizballah have been trying to avenge Mughniyeh for 4 years now, without any success (knock on wood…).
Israel is working with many local authorities in many countries to counter any such attempts.

Several of their plots have been disrupted over that time, so that tells me some of their first-choice agents have been apprehended and are out of the game, and truthfully, with Mugniyeh gone, their capabilities have been eroded. He was a true genius, and him being out of the “game”, so to speak, is a big relief.

Also, as AP noted, there may be some internal pressure in Iran to organize an attack quickly, and on such a short notice that’s the best they could do. Thank G-d for that.

AlexB on February 13, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Hezbollah is expert in Lebanon, not everywhere else. Iran was behind this.

J.E. Dyer on February 13, 2012 at 6:46 PM

You’ll be surprised how sophisticated Hizballah are. Or at least “the old” Hizballah. 1992 and 1994 Argentina comes to mind. They use professional spycraft, and their target is very very good – Israel. Napoleon had a saying that goes something like, don’t fight your enemy for too long, or he’ll learn all your tricks. That’s essentially what’s happened.

But as I mentioned in my previous post, with Mughniyeh gone some capabilities have luckily been eroded.

AlexB on February 13, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Pfffft…Israel is just doing this to themselves so they can attack Iran.

/Jew conspiracy.

SouthernGent on February 13, 2012 at 6:13 PM

You would be surprised at how often I hear exactly that from certain quarters. Or else CIA in collusion with Israel.

Doomberg on February 13, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Yep, false-flag they call it, and usually Ron Paul supporters.

slickwillie2001 on February 13, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Someone call Israel a waaaaaaambulance!

They killed top scientists INSIDE Iran, what do they think is going to happen??

This is why nobody cares what happens in the middle east – all they do is kill each other and blame the other party for it.

Savages. All of ‘em.

KMC1 on February 13, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Watch who(M) you are calling “savage.”
The Israelis are the only civilized nation in the entire region.
They are trying to survive among savages.

Janovus on February 13, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Watch who(M) you are calling “savage.” The Israelis are the only civilized nation in the entire region. They are trying to survive among savages.

Janovus on February 13, 2012 at 8:04 PM

People like you, who bury your head in the sand when the Israelis commit atrocities are the problem. Because you refuse to be honest about the atrocities committed by both sides, and condone the behavior, you prolong the violence, you promote the violence.

The Israeli’s are just as fanatical as the muslims. Just because you side with them, doesn’t make this any less true.

They ALL act like savages in the middle east.

KMC1 on February 13, 2012 at 10:36 PM

They killed top scientists INSIDE Iran, what do they think is going to happen??

This is why nobody cares what happens in the middle east – all they do is kill each other and blame the other party for it.

Savages. All of ‘em.

KMC1 on February 13, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Let’s pretend you’re right. You imply that Israel killing Iranian nuclear scientists is a bad thing.

Iran has acknowledged its nuclear program, which it says is for peaceful purposes.

Do you A) believe them, or B) think that the program is for military purposes, but they will never use their nukes irresponsibly, so long as we (US and/or Israel) stop meddling in their business?

ChicagoJewishGuy on February 13, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Let’s pretend you’re right. You imply that Israel killing Iranian nuclear scientists is a bad thing.

Iran has acknowledged its nuclear program, which it says is for peaceful purposes.

Do you A) believe them, or B) think that the program is for military purposes, but they will never use their nukes irresponsibly, so long as we (US and/or Israel) stop meddling in their business?

ChicagoJewishGuy on February 13, 2012 at 10:52 PM

That’s just not true. I never said or implied that at all.

Frankly, I couldn’t care less who the Israeli’s kill this week. Or who kills Israeli’s for that matter.

THAT is my point.

If the savages in the middle east want to keep slaughtering each other, as they have for thousands of years, good on them. But stop lying and crying about how unfair it all is, and act as though I’m too stupid to understand who started what, and who deserves what they get.

I do feel terrible for the innocents who are born into the mess though. It’s not their faults. Sins of the fathers, and all that.

KMC1 on February 13, 2012 at 11:37 PM

KMC1 on February 13, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Atrocities? Savages? You’re so enlightened – sorry us Israeli Jews dont live up to your expectations. If it’s an atrocity when Israel allegedly takes out nuclear scientists planning and executing development of a weapon, is it also an atrocity for America to target and kill people involved, sympathetic, or helping radical islamists? To use drone strikes? Drop bombs? send in special forces?

I’m just curious because I don’t think either is an atrocity, I just want to hear you call fellow Americans and those serving their country in the USA savages too. Thankfully we don’t answer to you here in Israel, we’ll kill whomever we please, you know.. as savages it’s expected of us.

saus on February 13, 2012 at 11:38 PM

KMC1 on February 13, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Some folks like killing Westerners, including Jews. And you. Jews occasionally (and allegedly) strike back. A simple “thank you” will do.

ChicagoJewishGuy on February 13, 2012 at 11:52 PM

saus on February 13, 2012 at 11:38 PM

First, lets not forget that it’s because the U.S. and her allies intervened in the middle east and created “Israel” that this “global war on terror” is even going on in the first place. To call Americans savages in that context isn’t really accurate then, is it? But, unfortunately, that is the truth.

Secondly, its precisely the arrogance and fanatasism you display in your post that makes my point. You’re so indoctrinated with your hatred of muslims, and your sense of superiority as a jew, that you’re not even able to be objective or honest about the situation.

Being more willing to slaughter than one’s enemy does NOT make one more pious. You might try remembering that.

KMC1 on February 14, 2012 at 12:53 AM

KMC1 on February 14, 2012 at 12:53 AM

The US did not create Israel, Israel declared its own independence just like America did, it was subsequently recognized by a majority of nations in the UN, do you consider the USSR in 1948 a US ally? You’re pretty ignorant for a know it all, and further blaming the need for a war on terror on Israel instead of you know, the Muslims who carry out the terrorism says everything I need to know about your absurd ‘opinions’.

For the record I don’t hate Muslims, shows again how much you know. 20% of my country’s population/citizens are Muslims. Open up a book sometime, you may enjoy it. My superiority as a Jew? You’re the only bigot I see here.

saus on February 14, 2012 at 1:20 AM

saus on February 14, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Wow. I knew you would never be able to be reasoned with, but to see you so openly lie about the massive support the United States and her allies provided in founding Israel like you have is just breathtaking.

Once again you display your fanatacism and your sense of moral superiority, even to the extent that you’re not able to be honest with yourself. That, my friend, is extremely troubling, and should concern you greatly.

Its your fight my jewish friend, your past and your future fights as well. Continue to be the obstinate and dishonest person you are if you’re not smarter than that. Its just a shame how many people have died, and will die, to indulge you and your ilk.

KMC1 on February 14, 2012 at 1:38 AM

KMC1 on February 14, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Actually the US wasn’t really much of an ally of Israel until after ’67 and had very little to do with the creation of the state. I’m uncomfortable with the assassination of civilians and using/supporting a group like the MEK but your argument isn’t persuasive when you simply label everyone in the region savages.

lexhamfox on February 14, 2012 at 2:43 AM

lexhamfox on February 14, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Rather than waste my time pointing out how incredibly ridiculous your opinion is, I’d prefer to use this as an EXCELLENT example of why the U.S. should STAY OUT of the internal affairs of other countries.
That people such as yourself would openly deny the massive support that was given to jews throughout WWII and afterwards, which resulted in the creation of Israel, only goes to show how pointless all those efforts were/are. This is a startling reminder of how selfish and dishonest people are, particularly those who truly only care about themselves.

KMC1 on February 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM