Iran Accuses Israel of Attacking Its Own Targets Abroad?
In response to the attack on Israeli diplomats in India - and the thwarted attack in Georgia on Monday - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran, calling it “the biggest exporter of terror in the world.”
"The Israeli government and her security organizations are continuing to operate together with local security services against these acts of terror," Netanyahu said. "We will continue to act in a strong way, systematically and steadfastly," Neyahyahu said.
However, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) that Israel was behind the attacks saying it “to tarnish Iran’s friendly tie with the host countries."
The IRNA also quoted Mehmanparast as having “brushed aside the Israeli accusation of Iranian involvement" in the bombing and that Israel "perpetrated the terrorist actions to launch psychological warfare against Iran."
"Iran condemns terrorism in strongest term and Iran has been the victim of terrorism," Mehmanparast said, echoing a previous denial by officials in Tehran.
Yet, just a few days ago, the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei proclaimed that, the “Zionist regime is a cancerous tumor” that “will be removed."
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the attacks and said, "The United States places a high priority on the safety and security of diplomatic personnel around the world, and we stand ready to assist with any investigation of these cowardly actions," CNN reported.