Israel alert for attacks abroad

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister said Sunday that his country is on alert for plots to kill more of its citizens overseas, after speculation that last week’s deadly bombing of a tour bus in Bulgaria was a rehearsal for a spectacular attack on Israel’s Olympics team.

Israel blames Iran and its Lebanese Hezbollah proxies for last week’s bombing at an airport in the Bulgarian resort town of Burgas, just a little over a week before the opening of the London Games. Five Israelis, a bus driver and the bomber were killed.

While Israeli officials are tight-lipped about security procedures for its athletes, they’re on high alert on the 40th anniversary of a Palestinian attack at the 1972 Olympics in Munich that killed 11 Israeli athletes and coaches.

“We are vigilant about the possibility that they (Iran and its agents) would attack elsewhere, but I can’t give specific details,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told CBS television’s Face the Nation program on Sunday.

He pointedly kept mum when asked whether to comment on media reports that Israel feared the Bulgaria attack was a precursor to an assault on Israel’s Olympic team.

“I’m not confirming any information that we have on the Olympics,” he said.

The heads of the Mossad and Shin Bet intelligence agencies briefed the Cabinet on attempts by Iran and Hezbollah to carry out attacks in more than 20 countries over the last two years, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak told reporters in Israel that intelligence agencies around the world were working with the British “to minimize the chances that there will be any sort of incident during the Olympics.”

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