Israel to Alert Embassies Worldwide of Possible Iran Threats
Israel has warned its missions around the world of a possible Iranian terror threat, a television report claimed on Wednesday, October 6, following the arrest of an Azeri national over an alleged plot to assassinate one or more Israeli businesspeople in Cyprus.
Israeli diplomats across the globe have been told to remain on high alert.
The network also said three suspects in the foiled attack attempt in Cyprus, revealed earlier this week, are suspected of fleeing the island nation.
Iran has been behind repeated threats against Israelis and Israeli missions around the world over the years. In March of this year, the National Security Council warned Israelis they could be targeted by the Islamic Republic abroad. It said Iran was behind a bombing attack near the Israeli embassy in India in January, which did not cause casualties.
The Israeli government has blamed “Iranian terror” for last week’s reported plan to kill billionaire Teddy Sagi in Cyprus. However, local media reported Wednesday that Cypriot authorities do not believe Iran is behind the plot. Authorities are also said to be convinced the would-be hitman’s target in the plot was not Sagi, but other members of his company.
Sagi is the founder of the gambling software company Playtech, which has offices in Nicosia.
Some sources had claimed that the foiled attack was an assassination attempt against Sagi linked to his business dealings. But the Israeli government on Monday, October 5, blamed Iran and said Sagi was targeted only because he was an Israeli businessman.
An Azeri suspect was arrested last week on reported suspicions of planning to attack one or more Israeli businesspeople. Cypriot authorities unsealed 11 possible charges the suspect is being investigated for, including terror activity, attempted murder, belonging to a criminal organization, conspiracy to commit a crime, and being in the country illegally.
A lawyer for the suspect, whose name has not been released, told the Israeli network that his client denies any terror links and has nothing to hide. (TOI / VFI News)
“God, we ask that you protect Israel from terrorism and assassination attempts.”