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An Israeli diplomat Tal Yehoshua (40), wife of a Israeli Defence Attache, who herself is a diplomat and working in the mission, was critically injured in the explosion and underwent surgeries to remove splinters from her spine and in New Delhi on 13th February 2012.
She sustained multiple shrapnel injuries. Because of the explosion, sharp metal objects were found in her liver, lungs and spinal cord. Bystanders dragged the Israeli diplomat and her Indian driver from their burning car, after a hitman on a motorbike fixed a suspected magnet bomb to the silver Toyota as it slowed for a junction.
The blast came the same day when a bomb was discovered on an Israeli diplomat’s car in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.
On 14th February 2012 three Iranians accidentally blew up their house in Thailand.
Israeli authorities said the similarity between their explosives and the two earlier bombs linked Iran to all three incidents.
Israel has accused Iran of being the world’s “biggest exporter of terror.”
The bomb plots in New Delhi and Tbilisi also fell between anniversaries of the deaths of two top militants from Hezbollah, the militant group which has close ties to Iran. The anniversary sparks annual travel warnings from Israel.
There had been a number of attempts to harm Israelis and Jews in recent months in places such as Thailand and Azerbaijan, in a series of plots coordinated by Iran and Hezbollah.
Israelis both at home and abroad are “a target for terrorists”
India, which is no stranger to militant attacks, ordered security to be tightened at diplomatic missions. Indian authorities strongly condemned the incident and the terrorist attack to be fully investigated and the culprits will be brought to justice.
The last militant strike in New Delhi was in September 2011, when a bomb outside the High Court killed 14 people — one of a series of blasts that has shaken public confidence in the government’s counter-terror capabilities.
The hostility between Iran and Israel, and between Iran and most Western nations generally, dates from the revolution that brought in the present Islamic republic more than three decades ago.
In 1979 The Islamic revolution led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini send the Shah into exile and lead to the creation of an Islamic republic. Diplomatic relations with Israel and the United States were severed.
Although informal trade relations continue, the Islamic regime considers Israel an illegal occupier of Jerusalem, a city that is holy for Muslims, Jews and Christians alike and describes it as the “enemy.”
The advent of the new Iranian regime gives a boost to groups hostile to Israel, including the Islamic Jihad, which is to become influential among Palestinians and also in Lebanon.
Many but not all of Iran’s Jewish citizens-the largest such population in the region outside Israel-leave after the Islamic revolution.
In 1980-88 Iran embroiled in a war with Iraq, then under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein.
Although the Western powers generally tilt towards the Iraqis, it is later revealed that the United States has secretly supplied Iran with arms and used the money to fund counter-revolutionaries in Nicaragua.
As part of the deal, which becomes known as the “Iran-Contra scandal,” Israel provides some 1,500 missiles to Iran.
In 1982 at the height of the Lebanese civil war Israel invaded Lebanon, citing the need to halt Palestinian attacks on its territory from there.
The Israeli occupation heightens Iran’s involvement in Lebanon. Iran’s Guardians of the Revolution pay a key role in setting up the Lebanese Hezbollah organisation, which in 2000 will secure the departure of the last Israeli troops from the border zone.
Between 1992 and 1994 Israel blamed Iran for deadly bombings aimed at Jewish targets in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires. Investigations into the attacks are still ongoing.
In 2000 along with major Western countries, Israel says it suspects Iran of using a civilian nuclear programme to secretly develop atomic weapons. Israel itself is widely believed to possess such weapons.
In 2005 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected president of Iran. He quickly got into the habit of making hostile statements about Israel. One comment is widely translated into English as meaning that the Jewish state should be “wiped off the map.”
In 2010 Western powers increasingly hint that military means could be used against Iran’s nuclear programme, most of which is housed in deep underground bunkers. Israel is widely reported to be preparing such an attack.
Over the same period several leading Iranian nuclear scientists are murdered inside the country.