Does Terror Attack in Bulgaria Give Israel Cause for War With Iran?

18 Jul
Israeli Tourist Bus Bombed in Bulgaria

Israeli Tourist Bus Bombed in Bulgaria

Several Israeli tourists died in a terrorist attack on a tourist bus in Bulgaria that Israeli authorities say lead back to an Iranian plot to kill Israeli citizens.  At least six Israeli tourists died in the explosion, at least 30 other civilians sustained wounds.  The bus, which was leaving the airport at Burgas with 154 passengers, most of them Israelis, was headed for a resort popular with Israeli vacationers.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu placed the blame for the attack squarely on Iran, citing other recent attempted terror attacks that he also blamed on Iran.   

“In the past months we saw Iranian attempts to attack Israelis in Thailand, India, Kenya and Cyprus,” Netanyahu said, added, “This is an Iranian terror offensive that is spreading throughout the world.”  Netanyahu also added that Israel would respond with force. 

Recent tensions between Israel, Iran, and the United States, have caused much speculation as to whether an attack on Iran, which is developing a nuclear program, will occur soon.  Iran has blamed Israel for assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists and for cyber-attacks on nuclear facilities.  Iran and Israel have a very harsh history of hostile relations, with Iran conducting terror attacks on Israelis in the past, arming Israeli enemies such as Hezbollah and Hamas, and for supporting the Assad regime in SyriaIsrael claims that Iran’s nascent nuclear program’s end goal is to develop nuclear weapons that would be used on Israel

Given all this recent tension, why would Iran strike at Israeli targets now?  One theory is that a war with Israel would detract pro-democracy activists in Iran and strengthen the current regime.  Another theory is that the United States and other Western allies would be able to convince Israel to not attack now.  Or, this is a ploy by factions within Iran (i.e. the Revolutionary Guards) to discredit other factions of the regime. 

Whatever the reasons for the Iranian attack, it is clear that if Israel truly wanted a Cassus Belli (a cause for war), they now have it.


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