News / Middle East

    Netanyahu Blames Hezbollah, Iran for Bulgaria Bombing

    Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement about an attack that killed Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, in Jerusalem, July 19, 2012.
    Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement about an attack that killed Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, in Jerusalem, July 19, 2012.
    Robert Berger
    JERUSALEM — Israel is mourning after a suicide bomber in Bulgaria killed five Israelis in an attack on a tourist bus Wednesday. Israel’s leader is talking tough.

    Israeli air force planes flew the dead, wounded and survivors of the Bulgaria bus bombing back home. Other flights took Israeli security and intelligence officials to Bulgaria to assist in the investigation.

    But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says it is already clear who is responsible.

    “Yesterday's attack in Bulgaria was perpetrated by Hezbollah, Iran’s leading terrorist proxy," he said. "This attack was part of a global campaign of terror carried out by Iran and Hezbollah. This terror campaign has reached a dozen countries on five continents.”

    Israel has blamed Iran for several attacks on Israeli targets earlier this year, including bombings in the Republic of Georgia and in India and a failed bombing in Thailand. Officials say a number of attacks have also been thwarted, including in Azerbaijan and Cyprus.

    “The world's leading powers should make it clear that Iran is the country that stands behind this terror campaign," Netanyahu said. "Iran must be exposed by the international community as the premiere terrorist-supporting state that it is.” 

    Iran dismissed the Israeli accusations. A foreign ministry spokesman in Tehran said Iran strongly condemns all terrorist acts. Iranian state television said Israel's accusations were "aimed at creating an anti-Iranian atmosphere."
                 
    x
    The bombing in Bulgaria comes as tensions grow over Iran's suspected efforts to develop a nuclear weapon, something Israel sees as a threat to its existence.  

    Iran says it nuclear program is for peaceful purposes and it has blamed Israel for the murder of several Iranian nuclear scientists.  

    Netanyahu, who has threatened to attack Iran’s nuclear sites, said the Islamic Republic must be stopped before it is too late.

    “Everything should be done to prevent Iran, the world's most dangerous regime, from developing the world's most dangerous weapons,” he said.

    The Israeli prime minister said Israel will track down the perpetrators of the bombing in Bulgaria, and they will pay a heavy price.

    You May Like

    Mother of IS Supporter: Son Was Peaceful, 'Role Model'

    Somali-American Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State militants

    Factions Shift as Civilians Die in Syrian War

    Scenario likely only to further confuse military situation on ground and potentially worsen humanitarian crisis that already has grown to epic proportions

    Presidential Hopefuls Woo Minorities, Evangelicals

    Four GOP candidates to speak at forum at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: Mike
    July 21, 2012 6:52 PM
    To: Meg from Arizona. What you said is completely untrue. The terrorist who killed Israelis in Bulgaria was not white and he is not from Michigan. The suspect tried to hire a car in the days before the bombing, but was turned down because of doubts about his driving licence photo, according to police and the car rental firm.The attacker had a fake driving licence from the US state of Michigan.
    Afrodita Petrova, from the car rental company, said: "He had an almost shaven head... His hair was brown." She said that he was of Arabic appearance, had dark skin and spoke English with an Arabic accent.

    by: Meg from: Arizona
    July 21, 2012 7:21 AM
    Unbelievable! A skinny, beardless white kid from Michigan in Hezbollah?

    DNA evidence then Bibi!

    This OUTRAGEOUS lie from the mouth of a rabid liar like Bibi the Bloodthirsty makes me SICK.

    by: Hassan shah from: Uk
    July 20, 2012 10:38 PM
    Any loss of life in my view is tragic. However what is also tragic is the warmongering tactics used by Israel against a Iran. No proof but still fingers have been pointed. The lies are sickening, i wonder what happened to the Iranian car sales man who was plotting to murder saudi ambassador in USA, all apparently orchestrated by Iran. The USA Israel an the other terror states are desperate to make up lies to go to war with Iran, luckily for Iran they can actually fight back which is why Israel is too frightened to go it alone.

    by: Faramarz Zareey from: USA
    July 20, 2012 4:53 PM
    “The sovereigns of the world,” writes ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in elaboration of this theme, “must conclude a binding treaty, and establish a covenant, the provisions of which shall be sound, inviolable and definite. They must proclaim it to all the world, and obtain for it the sanction of all the human race... All the forces of humanity must be mobilized to insure the stability and permanence of this Most Great Covenant... The fundamental principle underlying this solemn Pact should be so fixed that if any government later violate any one of its provisions, all the governments on earth should arise to reduce it to utter submission, nay the human race as a whole should resolve, with every power at its disposal, to destroy that government.”

    (Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Baha'u'llah, p. 192)

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    July 20, 2012 1:57 PM
    The right thing is Benjamin Netanyahu should have kept quiet about it all while he makes plans for appropriate reprisal. Complaining to the world that Iran has short at you again makes no sense when the whole world is looking up to Israel for the messiah to save them from Iran. As it stands now, Iran is the only country in the world that state-sponsors terrorism, yet no country has found the right accusation to attack Iran. The US ran out of steam when the Republicans left office for Democrats who talk too much and do too little. Salvation shall come when the Republicans return to power in USA. Until then, Ben, take heart and bear the loss of your people with fortitude.

    by: Mike
    July 20, 2012 1:28 PM
    To somebody from Michigan. No, I am not from Israel. Do you think only the people from Israel can express support for Israel? In the world there are no angels, both people and countries. But Israel is same like the U.S now fighting against terrorism. But unlike the U.S., several countries, including Iran threaten Israel existence. Iran directly on officially level declares the need to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. So your comment is inappropriate - Israel has the full legal and moral right to destroy their enemies. And I am sure it will be done!

    by: To Mike from: Michigan
    July 20, 2012 12:00 AM
    Hey Mike,

    Are you from Israel? Have you ever seen what they do to anyone who is not from their country or their religion? Iran's gov't sucks no doubt, but Israel is no angel either.

    by: Sheri from: Michigan
    July 19, 2012 11:58 PM
    Israel is no angel. Just a big bully. They are a really messed up regime who cares for nobody who is not Israeli. History always said that Israel will start World War III. So quick to blame and Pointing fingers without any real facts gets you in trouble. This country is very revengeful and angry - look how it was created. All that anti-semitism in Europe and off they went to create their own country - no wonder they want revenge against the whole world. Why should we suffer because they do not know how to deal with their own problems? Israel do us all a favor and SHUT UP and stop starting sh>> you can't finish. Always the victim, right?? Yeah right. Tell your military to stop killing innocent Palestinian woman and children and take care of your own internal war. Israel is BIG bully. Leave US OUT OF YOUR PROBLEMS...leave us alone Israel. .

    by: Gab
    July 19, 2012 8:46 PM
    To Mike, this was another act of war against Israel and Israel, according to the UN Rules of War, can respond. Under the UN Rules of War, anyone who "specifically" targets your non-combatants and civilian populations is no longer subject to protection under these Rules. The Iranian Islamic Republic has be supporting organizations and that have been targeting Israeli civilians for decades. At some point, if not this one, it is going to be the last straw.

    by: Mike
    July 19, 2012 4:11 PM
    Israel has great reason to start war against Iran. Iran - a terrorist country, and it is time to destroy the regime of Iranian fanatics. Unfortunately, Israel is not blessed with the American president. But if Israel will begin military action against Iran now Israel can help America remove Obama from the White House, because in this case his chances of re-election fall sharply.

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Two-thirds of World Faces Water Shortagei
    X
    February 12, 2016 7:31 PM
    Four billion people — or two out of every three on the planet — do not have enough water to meet their basic needs. That is far greater than previously thought, according to a new study that presents a more accurate picture of the problem. As VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports, the findings will help policymakers and the public craft solutions to address the threat.
    Video

    Video Two-thirds of World Faces Water Shortage

    Four billion people — or two out of every three on the planet — do not have enough water to meet their basic needs. That is far greater than previously thought, according to a new study that presents a more accurate picture of the problem. As VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports, the findings will help policymakers and the public craft solutions to address the threat.
    Video

    Video Gateway to Mecca: Historical Old Jeddah

    Local leader Sami Nawar's family has been in the Old City of Jeddah for hundreds of years and takes us on a tour of this ancient route to Mecca, also believed to be the final resting place of Adam's wife, Eve.
    Video

    Video New Technology Aims to Bring Election Transparency to Uganda

    A team of recent graduates from Uganda’s Makerere University has created a mobile application designed to help monitor elections and expose possible rigging. The developers say the app, called E-Poll, will make Uganda's democratic process fairer. From Kampala, VOA's Serginho Roosblad reports.
    Video

    Video As Refugees Perish, Greek Graveyards Fill

    Aid workers on the Greek island of Lesbos say they are struggling to bury the increasing number of bodies of refugees that have been recovered or washed up ashore in recent months.  The graveyards are all full, they say, yet as tens of thousands of people clamor to get out of Syria, it is clear refugees will still be coming in record numbers. For VOA, Hamada Elrasam reports from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video Russia Bristles at NATO Expansion in E. Europe

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is meeting Friday with the head of NATO after the Western military alliance and the United States announced plans for the biggest military build-up in Europe since the Cold War. Russia has called NATO's moves a threat to stability in Europe. But NATO says the troop rotations and equipment are aimed at reassuring allies concerned about Russia as VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video To Fight Zika, Scientists Target Mosquitoes

    Mosquitoes strike again. The Zika virus outbreak is just the latest headline-grabbing epidemic carried by these biting pests, but researchers are fighting back with new ways to control them. VOA's Steve Baragona takes a look.
    Video

    Video Mosul Refugees Talk About Life Under IS

    A top U.S. intelligence official told Congress this week that a planned Iraqi-led operation to re-take the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants is unlikely to take place this year. IS took over the city in June 2014, and for the past year and a half, Mosul residents have been held captive under its rule. VOA's Zana Omar talked to some families who managed to escape. Bronwyn Benito narrates his report.
    Video

    Video Scientists Make Progress Toward Better Diabetes Treatment, Cure

    Scientists at two of the top U.S. universities say they have made significant advances in their quest to find a more efficient treatment for diabetes and eventually a cure. According to the International Diabetes Federation, the disease affects more than 370 million people worldwide. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video NATO to Target Migrant Smugglers

    NATO has announced plans to send warships to the Aegean Sea to target migrant smugglers in the alliance's most direct intervention so far since a wave of people began trying to reach European shores.
    Video

    Video Russia's Catholics, Orthodox Hopeful on Historic Pope-Patriarch Meeting

    Russia's Catholic minority has welcomed an historic first meeting Friday in Cuba between the Pope and the Patriarch of Russia's dominant Orthodox Church. The Orthodox Church split with Rome in 1054 and analysts say politics, both church and state, have been driving the relationship in the centuries since. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video Used Books Get a New Life on the Streets of Lagos

    Used booksellers are importing books from abroad and selling them on the streets of Africa's largest city. What‘s popular with readers may surprise you. Chris Stein reports from Lagos.
    Video

    Video After NH Primaries All Eyes on South Carolina

    After Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, US presidential candidates swiftly turned to the next election coming up in South Carolina. The so-called “first-in-the-South” poll may help further narrow down the field of candidates. Zlatica Hoke reports.
    Video

    Video Smartphone Helps Grow Vegetables

    One day, you may be using your smartphone to grow your vegetables. A Taipei-based company has developed a farm cube — a small, enclosed ecosystem designed to grow plants indoors. The environment inside is automatically adjusted by the cube, but it can also be controlled through an app. VOA's Deborah Block has more on the gardening system.
    Video

    Video Exhibit Turns da Vinci’s Drawings Into Real Objects

    In addition to being a successful artist, Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci designed many practical machines, some of which are still in use today, although in different forms. But a number of his projects were never realized — until today. VOA’s George Putic reports.