The attack against Israeli tourists in Bulgaria prompted senior diplomatic officials to release statements as they blame Iran and Hizbullah, the same ‘Axis of Evil’ that has brought much bloodshed to the region and the world.
US President Barack Obama telephoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and expressed his condolences over the deaths of Israelis in the terrorist attack in Bulgaria. The two agreed that Israel and the US would work together in investigating the attack.
Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked President Obama for the call and said that Iran and Hezbollah are conducting a campaign of terrorism around the world. “Iran is a global terrorism state. It must bear the consequences,” the prime minister said.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov called Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu a few hours following the attack and asked to convey his condolences over the deaths of the Israeli tourists in the terrorist attack in Burgas. He said that the attack was not only against Israelis but against Bulgaria as well. The two agreed that Israel and Bulgaria would cooperate closely in investigating the attack.
Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked Bulgarian Prime Minister Borissov and said that Iran and Hezbollah are conducting a campaign of terrorism against Israeli targets around the world.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak spoke with US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta hours after the attack. They discussed the recent developments in Syria and the brutal terrorist attack against Israeli civilians in Burgas.
Barak told his American counterpart that Israel is closely monitoring the situation in Syria and added, “‘We believe that the removal of the high ranking Syrian officials will catalyze the fall of the Assad regime. In addition, we are vigilantly watching the developments and the possibility that Hezbollah might attempt to transfer advanced weapons systems or chemical weapons from Syria to Lebanon.”
Barak and Panetta agreed to be in close and continuous contact regarding events in the region.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)