Israeli flag outside Iranian embassy in Bueno
Israeli flag outside Iranian embassy in BuenoAFP/File

In a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry, Israel welcomed a Thai court's conviction of the two Iranian terrorists who attempted to blow up the Israeli Embassy on February 14, 2012.

Saeid Moradi, 29, and Mohammad Khazaei, 43, were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment and 15 years in prison respectively, following their botched attempt to blow up the Israeli Embassy in Bangkok.

The explosives did not in fact reach the area of the embassy, but were thrown in a panic at Thai police who attempted to apprehend the terrorists. The bomb exploded before Moradi could let it go, and he lost both of his legs in the explosion.

The explosives used by the two Iranian terrorists were identical to the explosives used on February 13, 2012, which blew up an Israeli diplomatic car in New Delhi, India, wounding one embassy staff member, a local employee and two spectators. Another bomb planted on the same day in a car in Tbilisi, Georgia, which failed to explode and was defused by Georgian police, also used identical explosives.

Israel Foreign Ministry’s spokesman said of the attacks:

“This bomb plot was part of an ongoing Iranian terror campaign that targets Israeli and Western objectives. This is evidenced, among other things, by the use of identical explosives in the near simultaneous attacks which were carried out by Iranian terrorists in Bangkok, New Delhi and Tbilisi. In the latter two cases, it should be remembered that the perpetrators managed to affix magnetic explosives to Israeli diplomatic vehicles.”

He further stressed, “Israel calls on the international community to continue to fight terrorism with determination, in accordance with the legal tools at its disposal, and to bring to justice those involved in such activities.”