Netanyahu Asks India's Modi About Probe Into 2012 Attack on Israeli Embassy

To this date, India has refused to place the blame on the Iranians, and has yet to prosecute any suspects involved in the attack

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Jerusalem on July 5, 2017.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought up the investigation of a 2012 attack on the Israeli embassy in New Delhi during his meeting with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. According to officials in the Prime Minister's Bureau, Netanyahu asked his Indian counterpart whether any progress was made.

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The February 2012 attack, for which Israel holds the Iranian Revolutionary Guards responsible, resulted in the injury of the wife of the military attaché at the embassy. To this date, India has refused to place the blame on the Iranians, and has yet to prosecute any suspects involved in the attack.

In the months after the attack the Indians investigated and even arrested and indicted an Indian citizen on suspicion of assisting the assailants. But a short time later the Indians let the investigation disintegrate. The suspect was released and no verdict has been issued to this day.

At a Monday press briefing at the Foreign Ministry, Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon said that "the government of India is not covering up the investigation of the attack,” adding that "Israel will continue to raise the matter."

Other officials at the Foreign Ministry and the defense establishment, however, claim that the Indians made away with the investigation in light of their close ties with the Iranians. 

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During Netanyahu and Modi's meeting, the two discussed cooperation in the field of the fight against terror. Netanyahu brought along with him to the meeting Mossad head Yossi Cohen, and Foreign Ministry Director General Yuval Rotem and Ambassador Carmon were also present. In statements to the press following the meeting, Netanyahu and Modi said that Israel and India will strengthen cooperation in the field of counter-terrorism.

A joint statement released at the end of the meetings also referred to the issue. "The two prime ministers emphasized that there can't be any justification whatsoever to terrorist acts," it said. "The leaders stressed that harsh measures must be taken against terrorists, terror organizations and whoever supports, encourages, finances or shelters them."

According to the statement, Netanyahu and Modi agreed that action must be taken to prevent terror groups from obtaining weapons of mass destruction. The two also agreed to cooperate on promoting an international convention on the war on terror.