July 19, 2012
Obama has pledged support for Israel in the wake of a deadly blast yesterday in Burgas on the Black Sea.
“I strongly condemn today’s barbaric terrorist attack on Israelis in Bulgaria. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and injured, and with the people of Israel, Bulgaria, and any other nation whose citizens were harmed in this awful event,” Obama said in a statement. “These attacks against innocent civilians, including children, are completely outrageous.”
“The United States will stand with our allies, and provide whatever assistance is necessary to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack,” Obama added. “As Israel has tragically once more been a target of terrorism, the United States reaffirms our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security, and our deep friendship and solidarity with the Israeli people.”
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu instinctively placed blame for the suicide bombing that killed at least six people and wounded 32 on Iran. “All signs lead to Iran,” Netanyahu said in a text message. “Israel will respond forcefully to Iranian terror.”
Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov said additional investigations will be required before a perpetrator is announced. “It is wrong and a mistake to point fingers at this stage of the investigation at any country or organization,” stated Mladenov.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the attack was carried out “by operatives of Hezbollah, who are sponsored by Iran.”
Netanyahu pointed out that the attack came on the 18th anniversary of the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.
Israel and Argentinian officials have blamed Iran and Hezbollah for the 1994 attack. Others insist the attack was an Israeli false flag.
Iran has denied any involvement in the attack. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the accusation is an attempt to divert attention away from Israel’s role in the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists.
“The Zionist regime, which had a direct role in the assassination of our country’s nuclear scientists, is leveling baseless accusations to divert global attention to its own terrorist nature,” Mehmanparast said.
On Thursday, the establishment media pushed the Iran terror narrative and alluded to Iranian involvement despite a lack of conclusive evidence.
Israel will “certainly choose the time and place, and we will react firmly. The Israeli people, state, army of Israel will defend itself and Iranians will know they cannot shed Israeli blood with impunity,” said Michael Oren, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, according to a Fox News transcript.
Oren repeated this mantra on MSNBC during an interview with Andrea Mitchell.
Meanwhile, officials said the suicide bomber was Mehdi Ghezali, an Algerian-Swedish Islamist who spent two years in Guantanamo Bay.