Israel points finger at Iran for deadly attack in Bulgaria
Israeli Amb. Michael Oren weighs in
- Duration 5:35
- Date Jul 18, 2012
Israeli Amb. Michael Oren weighs in
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Let's talk about what happened today in the possible response with the Israeli ambassador Michael foreign -- thanks for joining us.
Good to be -- -- investor how certain is Israel that Iran was behind this attack in Bulgaria.
-- all the fingers are pointing at -- Ron -- It's eighteen years to the day that the Iranians -- a community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 Argentinean Jews and Israelis.
Every several weeks now Iranians have been trying to mount terrorist attacks against Israeli targets civilians -- diplomats around the world in Kenya in Cyprus.
In India in Bangkok.
There and backed -- -- -- Rajon -- try to kill not just Israelis but also American diplomats.
-- and Washington DC right near you -- may try to blow off at a cafe tech killed the Saudi ambassador in a plot to blow up the Israeli embassy -- well in Washington DC.
Ambassador the prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quoted today as you just said.
All signs point to Iran this is -- running in terror attack that is spreading across the world.
Israel will react strongly to -- -- terror.
What exactly does react strongly mean and what are the options.
-- -- certainly choose the time and place -- we will react firmly.
-- people the state the army of Israel will defend itself and and Iranians will -- that they cannot -- Israeli blood with impunity.
Was there any advance warning on this attack.
What we've had to we've been indications because of this pattern of Iranian terrorist tracks around the world that they have been targeting our civilians and our diplomats so yes we.
We had had a heightened a lurch.
And in particular some of these countries that I've mentioned already.
And we know that the Iranians are.
Trying to kill Israelis try to kill Americans and these it is -- missing Iranians who are backing.
The vicious Assad regime in Syria -- massacring its own people.
-- -- regime that is trying to develop nuclear weapons -- threaten not just the Middle East but the entire world.
There was report of an arrest of the Hezbollah operative in Cyprus in recent days planning something similar is that true.
Actually try we think maybe trying to take down an airplane imagine if they succeeded in some of these plots.
That what's your -- and it we yes he has.
I want to talk about Syria it's deteriorating.
After this attack on the inner circle.
-- president Bashar Al Assad what is Israel's assessment of whether that regime will stay in place who can stay in place and how long.
Well we're not gonna put an estimate how long we feel that.
That by expressing got to support for for the opposition or any other group and in Syria we won't be actually helping those people who really deserve to help.
But -- not subject is a pass threat debt to his own people to don't region he's a close ally.
-- -- he's been in complicity in terrorist operations around the world and providing 60000 rockets to.
-- his wallet terrorists in Lebanon 101000 to the Hamas terrorist -- in Gaza.
And his departure would certainly be a -- -- -- And a blow -- and any step toward stability in the Middle East so you see this as a positive development this bombing in Syria.
Why I think the departure of the Assad regime will not be mourned by anybody in the State of Israel -- How concerned are you that president aside might use chemical weapons that intelligence services around the world.
Let's say he has -- have been moving.
Has been moving in recent days if he's backed up against the wall and his inner circle.
There is no longer with him.
Far sources American source international sources have all confirmed the existence of these.
Weapons of mass destruction -- Syria and we are closely monitoring.
Together with our allies.
The movement didn't and the keys as it -- to those warehouses of -- stockpiles of unconventional weaponry.
What does Israel want the US to do.
-- we want to not gonna make recommendations to the United States -- what to do it in Syria it's very complicated situation but we are again.
-- close cooperation and communication.
With the administration not just now return from the Israel and accompanying.
The secretary of state Clinton.
I just now prime President Obama has spoken with prime minister -- and now to convey his condolences and outrage.
Over this terrorist attack now in in Bulgaria so we're we're really.
And a minute to minute communication.
With the United States and I know investor you're getting ready for another briefing here in the latest.
That's going on how would you describe this time we've tried to pin you down before on -- timeline on dealing with Iran's nuclear program but as far as characterizing the tension in the Middle East as of today how would you put it.
-- put it that there were approaching a critical juncture.
That this is an Iranian regime that he shows no restraint in plotting terrorist attack somewhere around the world it is in fact.
The world's greatest state sponsor of terrorism -- -- the Assad regime both -- fighters.
And with money to massacre Syrian.
Give it isn't silly and civilians.
Not backing terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas.
And -- and developing nuclear weapons.
And as prime mister Netanyahu has said it's not it's not years but.
There's not near as a way it may not be days or weeks but it's certainly not -- a critical junctures where we are right now.
The best Horne thank you very much for your time would love to have you back.
Thank you --