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Netanyahu Blames Hizbullah, Iran for Bulgaria Bombing
By IsraelNationalNews.com, YnetNews.com and VOA News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Iran is responsible for the terror attack
against Israelis in Bulgaria, which killed seven people, including the bomber. Israel has
blamed the blast on Iran and its proxy group Iranian-backed Hizbullah and has threatened
Iran on Thursday denied it was involved in the suicide attack. Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad further said that "the Zionist enemy attempts to hit Iran with blow
after blow and is hit harder.
The enemies of Iran have initiated confrontation and are attempting to use all of their
powers against Iran, but the Islamic regime continues to stand strong," said Ahmadinejad
in regards to the assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists and the malware viruses
detected in Iranian facilities. "I assure the Iranian people that the government will not
back down on its principles and values against these materialistic nations," he added in
what can be interpreted as a hint that Iran does not intend to change its nuclear policy,
despite negotiation talks with the West.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast formally rejected accusations of
Tehran's involvement in the attack. "The Zionist regime, which had a direct role in the
assassination of our country's scientists, is leveling baseless accusations to divert
global attention to its own terrorist nature," Mehmanparast said to IRNA news agency,
adding "The Zionist regime is even ready to pursue its political scenarios by putting at
risk the lives of people inside or outside the occupied territories." He noted that the
Islamic Republic of Iran is itself the biggest victim of terrorism and putting the lives
of innocent people is a wrong strategy.
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.
"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."
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." The
Israeli prime minister said Israel will track down the perpetrators of the bombing in
Bulgaria, and they will pay a heavy price.
Bulgarian media says the terrorist was Mehdi Mohammed Ghazali, who belonged to the
Global Jihad. According to these reports, which are unconfirmed, Ghazali was arrested in
2009 in southern Pakistan together with his wife and several other people, including seven
Turkish nationals with false documents.
Ghazali is reportedly a Swedish citizen, with Algerian and Finnish origins, and had
been held at the United States' Guantanamo Bay detainment camp in Cuba from 2002 to 2004.
Previously, he reportedly studied at a Muslim religious school and mosque in Britain, and
traveled to Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Ghazali used counterfeit American documents, according to ABC. ABC published a
photograph of a driver's license which contained the word "Michigan" but listed a phony
address in Louisiana. The apparently fake license listed the man's name as Jacques
Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov told the families of the victims of the terror attack
that he hoped the attack would be "yours and our last disaster." Misezhnikov spoke on
behalf of the government in a state ceremony at the Ben Gurion Airport, after the coffins
of the five victims landed in Israel. Before the minister spoke, IDF Chief Rabbi Rafi
Peretz read Psalms and recited the Kaddish prayer.
"We stand here in front of the coffins and the heart breaks - five coffins and one
giant hole in the heart," said Misezhnikov. "They were in the prime of their lives when
the heaven they went to turned into a hell. The sin for which they were killed was one and
only that they were Israelis and Jews. These miscreants went all the way to the
Black Sea to hurt them intentionally."
Approved: 1,341 Housing Units for Senior Citizen Olim
Israel's Inter-ministerial committee on public land construction on Thursday approved
in principle a decision to build 1, 341 housing units for new immigrant senior citizens
who are eligible for public housing. The units will be built in nine cities throughout the
country: Ashdod, Bat Yam, Haifa, Kfar Saba, Carmiel, Rishon L'Zion, Rehovot, Kiryat Ono
and Tel Aviv.
This is the first step in a project to construct 4,000 housing units for senior
citizens on public land as approved in the housing section of the Trajtenberg Committee
recommendations a few months ago. The Ministry of Immigrant Absorption stated that the
implementation of the project will be determined at a later date and that the ministry
offered a budget of NIS 110 million ($27.73 million) for the construction of the housing
Some 39,000 new immigrants who are senior citizens and fulfill the ministry's criteria
for State funded housing currently reside in Israel. The Trajtenberg Committee findings
revealed that there are currently 2,460 families waiting for public housing and some 450
senior citizens waiting to receive hostel housing.
Yet these numbers do not include the new immigrants who are eligible for public
housing. Official data received in 2010 from a ministry official revealed that the number
of new immigrants eligible for public housing is 39,401.
Over the last three years the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption has managed to supply
some 10,000 with housing solutions. Minister Sofa Landver said: "I welcome the decision,
which is a first step in the construction of 4,000 housing units which we promised and see
it as another step in the Absorption Ministry's efforts to find housing solutions for the
new immigrant population."
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