Security officials in Israel issued a warning on Thursday that the Hizbullah terror organization is planning an imminent attack against Israelis abroad.
According to the warning, the attack is in retaliation for the 2008 assassination of senior Hizbullah leader Imad Mughniyeh, and is planned to take place within the next several days in one of the major Jewish centers worldwide.
Mughniyeh was killed in a car-bomb attack in Damascus in February of 2008, reportedly while in the midst of planning major terrorist attacks in moderate Arab countries.
Both Hizbullah and Syria blamed Israel for killing Mughniyeh, and Hizbullah has promised to avenge his death.
Before the Passover holiday, the National Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued a travel alert for the Mediterranean Basin and Far East, possibly related to the terror threat from Hizbullah.
The statement recommended that travelers to these areas be highly sensitive and aware at tourist sites and venues, vary their daily routines by changing regular itineraries, restaurants, tourist venues and hotels, and avoid places frequented by large numbers of Israelis. The bureau also recommended that travelers decline unexpected and tempting business or other proposals, as well as unexpected invitations to meetings, especially in remote locales or at night; and avoid admitting suspicious or unexpected visitors into hotel rooms or residences.
Also before Pesach, Israelis were warned to stay out of the Sinai Peninsula due to danger of a terror attack by terrorists “together with assistance from local Bedouin tribes.”
In February, four Israeli embassies and consulates were temporarily shut down due to a mounting terror threat. The Counter-Terror Bureau had then cited a growing threat of the imminent execution of terror attacks against Jewish and Israeli targets abroad, with emphases on Egypt, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania and Venezuela. This threat was also linked with Hizbullah’s desire to avenge Mughniyeh’s death.