Correction: Iran Planned to Attack Israeli Embassy

Correction: Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren was misrepresented in interview with WTOP radio station.

Rachel Hirshfeld ,

Michael B. Oren
Michael B. Oren
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On August 15, the WTOP radio station in Washington reported that Israel's ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, said that Iran was planning to attack the Israeli embassy in the U.S.

Last year, Manssor Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen holding both Iranian and U.S. passports, was arrested at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and charged with plotting to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. in Washington.

However, there was another high-profile component to the plot, which escaped public attention.

According to an FBI special agent, Arbabsiar also "discussed the possibility of attacks on a number of targets. These targets included government facilities associated with Saudi Arabia and with 'another' country and these targets were located within the United States."

WTOP reported that Oren affirmed that the “other” country was Israel.

"They also planned to blow up the Israeli Embassy, my embassy in this town," WTOP originally reported.

According to the report, Oren also said there was a plan "to blow up a restaurant not far from where we're being interviewed in Washington."

Today, Arutz 7 was notified, however, that the radio station misquoted Oren. It corrected its original report stating: "On previous occasions, Israeli officials have suggested that Israel is considering a massive, crippling attack on Iran before it can move its nuclear facilities to safety deep underground. Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren did not use that language in his interview with WTOP as previously represented."