Lieberman: Israel Will Not Tolerate an Attack on Its Diplomats Abroad

FM says attack on Israeli official in India, attempted attack in Georgia show Israel and its citizens face daily threat of terror, both physical and diplomatic.

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Israel will not tolerate an attack on its officials abroad, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday, after a blast near Israel's New Delhi embassy left the wife of an Israeli diplomat moderately wounded and multiple threats were reported against Israeli officials around the world.

In addition to the New Delhi blast, a failed bomb attack was reported in Tbilisi, where an explosive device was neutralized by Georgian forces notified by an Israeli official.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman at an ambassadors conference in Jerusalem, Dec. 26, 2010.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

The "attacks against Israeli embassies abroad... just means that the State of Israel and its citizens face a daily threat of terror, both physical and diplomatic," Lieberman said in response to the incidents. "We know exactly who is responsible for the attack and who planned it, and we're not going to take it lying down."

"Today's events remind us again how Israeli diplomats stand at the forefront of the fight which Israel is leading around the world," he added.

The incidents on Monday come one day after the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah's deputy leader, Imad Mughniyah, a killing the Islamist organization blames on Israel.

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