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Israel braces for terror wave: reports

world Updated: Feb 14, 2012 23:25 IST
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Israel's press on Tuesday said attacks on embassy staff in India and Georgia, which were blamed on Iran, were unlikely to spark a major response but raised fears they were the start of a wave of attacks.

Monday's attacks targeted an embassy car in Delhi, leaving an Israeli woman diplomat critically injured, while the second incident targeted an embassy car in Tbilisi, but the bomb was discovered and defused.

Israel immediately blamed Iran and its Lebanese "proxy" Hezbollah, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowing to act "with a firm hand" to eradicate "international terror coming from Iran."

But media reports said Israel was unlikely to respond harshly, although the the attempted bombings were widely viewed as the start of a wave of attacks against Israeli targets overseas.

"The bombings sparked the usual tough rhetoric from Israeli officials ... Nevertheless, a harsh Israeli response is seen as unlikely," the left-leaning Haaretz daily said.

"The attacks were still limited enough that they didn't violate the 'rules of the game,'" the paper said, indicating the bombings may have been an attempt to avenge the assassination of four Iranian scientists over the past two years.