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Israelis Blame Iran For Deadly Bulgaria Attack, Vow Tough Response

The damaged bus at Burgas airport following the attack
The damaged bus at Burgas airport following the attack
By RFE/RL
Bulgarian authorities say a blast at the Black Sea airport of Burgas that left seven people dead and more than 30 injured was caused by a suicide bomber.

Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov told reporters that the bomber had "a fake driving licence from the United States."

Earlier, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov said the blast had been caused by a bomb planted on a bus at the airport, some 400 kilometers east of the capital, Sofia. Mladenov said that Bulgaria "will do everything in its power" to find the perpetrators.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the incident "an Iranian terror attack" and promised a tough response. The Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed early on July 19 that at least 31 Israelis had been wounded in the attack and said identification efforts were under way.

Iran has not issued any statement about the attack or the accusations that Tehran was involved.

The July 18 blast came on the 18th anniversary of a deadly attack on a Jewish community center in Argentina. Israel blamed Iran for that attack -- a claim denied by Tehran.

U.S. President Barack Obama offered his condolences to Netanyahu in a phone call and condemned the blast as a "barbaric terrorist attack."

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel had been monitoring attempts by groups such as Lebanon's Hezbollah, Gaza's ruling Hamas movement, and Iranian and Jihadi operatives to attack Israelis.

"Several hours ago we had a terrorist attack in Burgas in Bulgaria on an Israeli tourist bus," Barak said. "We have several people killed and dozens of wounded people. This is clearly a terrorist attack initiated by probably Hezbollah, Hamas, Jihad or any other group under the terror auspices of either Iran or other radical muslim groups."

Barak vowed to hunt down the perpetrators.

"We are in a continued fight against them; we are determined to identify who sent them, who executed it, and to settle the account," Barak said. "In the meantime, we are determine not top stop living normally and have Israelis visiting, under certain precautions, practically any place that they can make tourism to."

The bus targeted by the blast was transporting tourists who had arrived in a charter flight from Israel. There were 154 people on the flight from Tel Aviv.

Bulgaria is a popular destination for Israeli tourists, and in recent years, Burgas has become a favorite and inexpensive haven for groups of Israeli teenagers taking trips after finishing high school and before their military service.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, AFP, and dpa
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by: Ariely from: Jerusalem
July 18, 2012 17:26
Obama excluded Israel from the international antiterrorist conference.
(Persecuting, chasing and killing Jews is a 2000 years norm- so they should not in included in anti terror protection)
Obama is promoting the Muslim Brotherhood.
:Muslim brotherhood leader speech in Cairo before 1 million people
****" HITLER DIDN'T FINISHED THE JOB- THE MUSLIMS WILL FINISH THE JOB ""****
( Refer to BBC program "Third eye Egypt").

***** “Their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within*** From the Federal court revealed documents on the trial of the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation of the inner thinking of the Muslim Brotherhood about its global mission. A sixteen-page Arabic document
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by: AmericaFirst from: USA
July 18, 2012 19:04
Ariely, your problems in Israel are your own self doing. Stop treating the Palestinians like scum and forcing them to live on third world reservations and there won't be any problems. Your government has done nothing but bully others for years now.
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by: Demetrius Minneapolis from: My House
July 18, 2012 20:44
AmericanFirst, do you know what your problem is? Ignorance. Have you seen the amount of dollars squandered by the P.A and later Hamas over the years? Have you seen Yasser Arafat's bank account before his demise?
What about the Arab countries who cry for their Palestinian "brothers", yet refuse to allow them into their countries, or if they are present like in Jordan or Lebanon, they are living in conditions worse than in the Bank or Gaza. Have you even been there to see for yourself or are you one of these Jew-hating armchair nutjobs?
Do some research and ask yourself if what you read about the "occupation" really makes sense.
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by: Ben
July 18, 2012 21:18
It always happens here that anti-American and anti-Semitic comments appeare in RFE/Rl as the last ones. These comments are a soft corner for them. Anti-Israel media tricks like: Israel bombed terribly Palestinian village after some (hundred) rockets fell on his sities.RFE enthusiastically sees the main content of the Israeli tourists` deaths the Nethanyahu`s opinion.Shame.
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by: Alex from: LA
July 18, 2012 22:51
America First is right, but you have to ask why are Israeli's or Jews have this mentality, because we (the western countries) feed them with attention about Holocaust. They use that example/excuse to link any problem to antisemitism and WWII Genocide of Jews to try to explain their positions or try to solve any geopolitical issue in their sphere. Stop crying about your recognized, punished, compensating crime that was Holocaust, and stop lobbying (for Turkey) against the recognition of the father of your Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide.
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by: John W. from: Maryland, USA
July 20, 2012 15:25
The Fakestinians are being abused by their own leadership. Look at Gaza for instance. Tons of money goes in and ends up in the pockets of corrupt officials or buys weapons on the black market.

Some months ago a poll was done in Israel and nearly 80% of Arabs living in Israel or under Israeli rule preferred that to living under the rule of the PA or Hamas. So obviously you are looking at left wing trash and you do not have the brains nor do you have the guts to look at the other side of the story.

The real bullies in this are uninformed nincompoops such as yourself who glad sucks up the one sided pablum fed to you by news organizations with an agenda of their own. These news organizations thrive on mindless, none thinking persons such as yourself.
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by: John W. from: Maryland, USA
July 20, 2012 15:16
Ariely,

Obama did not exclude Israel from the anti-terrorist conference. The Turks who have leadership of this group objected strenuously and Obama quietly knuckled under.

As much as Obama tries to appear to be friendly toward Israel and the Jews, he is neither.

by: Citizen from: EU
July 18, 2012 23:25
all that happens to the Israelis is always blamed on Iran, whenever things happen to Iran and Muslims from which Israel benefits on a strategic level, it is dismissed as a "conspiracy theory."

by: Jack from: US
July 18, 2012 23:32
Israel, like US, is sinking into a filth of lies

by: ahmed from: ph
July 19, 2012 03:02
"----Netanyahu vowed "Israel will react powerfully against Iranian terror."

Why is he so QUICK to blame Iran ?

Maybe the time has come to show a powerful hand of genuine friendship to Iran ( and the Palestine people )------bombs and terror will not work , for ever.

by: john from: usa
July 19, 2012 16:52
Lie as usual. Familiar tactic.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
July 20, 2012 05:22
One important thing that media does not focus on too much is that BULGARIA for the first time became a place where terrorist attacks occur. And this is more than 10 years after their NATO "friends" started the "global war on terror". Bulgaria is paying here for having chosen the "friends" it has: the US and their NATO allies. Memebership in the latter organization can only get one into troubles - and what happened in Burgas the other day vividly demonstrates the validity of this point.
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
July 20, 2012 12:19
Dearest EU Genio,your posts seem to be written for cretinous dumbs,dont try to be more of a fool than nature or your paymaster intended.Bulgaria was the subject of the greatest communist atrocities and terror in the last century when in 1925 the soviet paid bastard terrorists blew a church in Sofia killing 230 people and injuring more than 500.when the red army with the help of its demockratic allies overran Bulgaria it killed more than 50 000 people and created the biggest number of concentration caps in the world per capita of the population.Most of the victims of red terror are in mass graves and their murders were done by subhumans like you and `Jack` from the `US`.Dont try to teach others about terrorism-own up ,repent and go to a monastery to atone for your sins.Jackie may join you there so you may pray for your miserable souls together.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
July 20, 2012 14:11
Camel, you are from the nation of Beavus and Butthead, so anything you write is automatically not important.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
July 20, 2012 15:33
And in other news, the West is still going broke. Cheers from Vienna :-)))))
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
July 20, 2012 19:08
Well, Camel, I usually try to ignore your comments, given that you are apparently on this web-site exclusively in order to enter into some kind of verbal interchange with me personally (I do not recall any comments posted by you other than those aimed personally at me (and Jack)), but now that Konstantin took time to respond to your comments in my name, I have to point it out that, first, the two previous comments (starting with "Camel, you are from..." and "And in other news...") were NOT published by me.
Second, Camel, I am so sorry I forgot to ask for your valuable opinion on what I need "to teach others about" - in the future I will always first consult you, I promise! :-)
P.S. KONSTANTIN, please do me a favor and AT LEAST try to avoid responding to Camel's comments in my name. I really don't have time for THIS kind of crap. PLEASE, Konstantin!!! :-)))
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by: Jack from: US
July 20, 2012 19:49
Konstantin is not that smart. In his words he was tortured by evil Russians in Gulag where he left half of his brain, and the other half is busy counting foodstamps he receives from US government
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
July 20, 2012 19:55
Konstantin, thanks for lending my name to your comments, but I am not sure those comments you say were published by Konstantin were really published by you. They weren't written by me either. Perhaps there is someone other than the real Eugenio or the real Konstantin who is the fake Eugenio. Whoever is doing this, be it the real Konstantin or a pseudo-Konsantin or someone else, I have this message: I am TIRED of this crap and I have no more TOLERANCE for this. It is GETTING out of hand. I am a busy man and I CANNOT deal with this anymore without wallowing in extreme SELF-PITY.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
July 21, 2012 14:52
Oh, I forgot to mention, I was reading Der Spiegle this morning and George W Obama and Frau Merkel gave the green light to print more money. The West is really going broke..... it's true Cheers From Vienna :-)))))

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