Israel Again Urges Bulgaria to Blame Iran for Burgas Terror

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Bulgaria: Israel Again Urges Bulgaria to Blame Iran for Burgas Terror Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev (L) and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu (R) after their meeting Tuesday. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has restated his country's position that Iran is behind the July 18 anti-Israeli terror attack in Bulgaria, at a press conference with Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev Tuesday.

"We are in the midst of a heavy struggle with the global network of terror organized by Iran. The July 18 attack in Bulgaria is but an example," said Netanyahu after meeting Plevneliev, who is on an official state visit to Israel.

Israeli leaders reacted swiftly to the tragic events in Burgas, in which a bomb planted in a tourist bus killed 5 Israeli tourists, the Bulgarian driver, and the presumed suicide bomber, by saying that the attack has been organized by Hezbollah and Iran.

During a string of bilateral Bulgarian-Israeli government meetings following the attack, high-ranking Israeli statesmen have unswervingly made a case of restating that position.

On their part, Bulgarian authorities have this far refused to cast the blame on any party, saying that full investigations have to be completed beforehand.

This position was reconfirmed by Bulgarian President Plevneliev during his visit to Israel Monday and Tuesday.

Tuesday Israeli PM Netanyahu thanked Bulgaria for its efforts in investigating the case, but stated that Israel expects the final results to be ready "within very short time."

In a separate statement in Sofia Monday, Bulgarian Minister of Interior Tsvetan Tsvetanov said that the investigation is proceeding normally and progress is being made.

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Gubbin - 24 Oct 2012 // 11:37:07

US President Obama decided to put "daylight" between Israel and America because of the Iranian and Palestinian relationships with Israel. This was a wise decision by President Obama for many reasons.This small and important, friendly country (Israel) is not empowered to dictate policy relationships among independent nations, including Bulgaria. This is diplomacy and it is not simple. The Palestinian and Iranian relationships with Israel are very difficult and angry, very capable of creating an active war that could spread across the Islamic world. Very delicate diplomacy is required and underway.

Yane - 23 Oct 2012 // 19:40:45

This is the same man that threatened to wipe out Europe "just in case" should Israel get attacked overwhelmingly by a muslim force, and he raves about Iran? I wish we could move the entire middle east to another solar system so they can leave us all alone...

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