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Israeli Official: “We Have Every Intention of Defending Ourselves”

Following this morning’s attempted terror attacks against Israeli personnel in Georgia and India, Israeli officials said they would respond, though declined to specify further.

“I don’t think that it would be true to say that we are going to sit back and twiddle our thumbs,” Paul Hirschson, deputy spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry, told reporters and others on a late-morning conference call organized by The Israel Project. Hirschson said, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman have already indicated, “we have every intention of defending ourselves”–the primary obligation, he said, of any sovereign state under attack.

Earlier, Netanyahu pointed the finger at Iran and its terror proxies, though Iran denies any involvement:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran and Hezbollah of being behind Monday’s double terror attack on the Israeli embassies in India and Georgia.

Earlier, an explosion hit an Israeli diplomatic car near the embassy in New Delhi, injuring the wife of a diplomat stationed with the Defense Ministry’s mission in India. In Georgia, an explosive device was found in a Tbilisi embassy employee’s car and was neutralized safely.bi

The coordinated attack is believed to be linked to the fourth anniversary marking the assassination of Hezbollah arch-terrorist Imad Mugniyah.