Iran Terror Murders 3 In Dimona, Israel - Reactor Unharmed
Israel News Agency
Jerusalem ----- February 4, 2008 ....... An Islamic suicide
bomber blew himself up in the southern Israel town of Dimona.
The terror attack murdered at least three people and wounded
is the location of Israel's nuclear reactor. The blast did not
occur at the reactor site but rather miles away.
suicide terror bombing was carried out by two attackers, according
to Israel security sources.
terrorist succeeded in detonating his explosives. The other
terrorist was killed by a police officer from an elite unit
seconds before he could detonate himself," a security source
told the Israel News Agency. "These terrorists struck
at innocent civilians in a poverty struck desert town. They
had no chance of getting near the Dimona reactor, not by foot,
not by air or any other means. Dimona is one of the most secure
places in the world. Islamic terrorists are trying to develop
nuclear weapons in Iran for their stated purpose of "wiping
Israel off the map." They have not and will not succeed."
Israel emergency medica service, Magen David Adom had ambulances
taking the wounded to Soroka Hospital in Beersheba.
believe that the attack on Jewish civilians in Dimona was
the result of Iranian spin and public relations to place
media focus on Israel's defense rather than Iran's illegal
production of nuclear weapons and open declaration to "wipe
Israel off the map".
Elberg, a resident of the town, said that the terror bomber
detonated his explosives inside a cafe'.
is like a war, people are running like crazy," she told
Israel TV Channel 2. "I didn't see anyone suspicious. I
heard a boom and my ears are still ringing."
eyewitness told Israel Radio that many people were at the commercial
center at the time because of the sunny weather.
Negev Nuclear Research Center is an Israel nuclear installation
located in the Negev desert, about twenty kilometers to the
south of the city of Dimona.
of the Dimona reactor took place in 1958, with French assistance
according to the secret Protocol of Se`vres agreements. The
complex was constructed in secret, and outside the International
Atomic Energy Agency inspection regime. The purpose of Dimona
is for the peaceful production of electricity although many
have Dimona to be the manufacturing plant of nuclear weapons.
The Israel government refuses to confirm or deny that Dimona
has over 200 nuclear weapons at the ready to defend Israel.
1986, Mordechai Vanunu, a former technician at Dimona, revealed
to the media some alleged evidence of Israel's nuclear program.
Israel agents allegedly abducted Vanunu from Italy and transported
him to Israel. An Israel court then tried him in secret on charges
of treason and espionage, and sentenced him to eighteen years
imprisonment. At the time of Vanunu's arrest, The Times
reported that Israel had material for approximately 20 hydrogen
bombs and 200 fission bombs.
Bar Avi, a journalist who spoke to Israel TV Channel 10, stated:
"I am here no longer as a journalist but as a simple citizen.
I pray and hope my wife is okay."
Avi praised the police's quick response to the attack, and said
the officer who identified the second attacker shot "four
or five times, he took no chances."
Jerusalem Brigades of Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for
the attack, confirming in its statement that the terrorists
entered Israel through the Sinai desert, but several minutes
later several organizations, including Hamas and Fatah, also
claimed responsibility. Palestinian news agency of Maan
reported that a spokesman for al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades of Fatah
confirmed during a phone interview with Maan that his group
was behind the blast
has been on alert against terror attacks since the Hamas terror
group in Gaza breached the border with Egypt on January 23.
The breach made the Negev, where Dimona is located, more vulnerable
to penetration by Palestinian terrorists who could enter through
security forces yesterday resealed the only remaining gap on
the Egypt side of the border fences with barbed wire and metal
barricades, ending the nearly two-week-long Gaza border breaches
one can reach the reactor at Dimona, Israel," said an Israel
security source. "Not even the Prime Minister or Defense
Minister can visit without special security clearance by several
domestic security organizations. So Islamic terrorists searched
for soft targets as they have in the past - Israel men, women
and children. Our security forces were prepared for such an
attack and for this reason the second suicide bomber never had
a chance of harming more innocent people."
terror attack gives us a painful reminder that we must be vigilant
and maintain our readiness in all areas," Israel Prime
Minister Ehud Olmert said hours after a 20-year-old woman was
killed and 38 people were wounded, one critically, in a suicide
bombing in the Dimona commercial center.
are waging a war on terror. It is continuing without bounds
and we will get to everyone involved in terror activity,"
said Olmert during a Kadima faction meeting.
believe that the attack on Jewish civilians in Dimona was the
result of Iran spin and public relations to place media focus
on Israel's defense rather than Iran's illegal production of
nuclear weapons and open declaration to "wipe Israel off
the map". Iran accused France yesterday of adopting an
unfriendly position in Tehran's nuclear arrogance
with the West.
Iran Foreign Ministry summoned the French Ambassador to Tehran,
Bernard Poletti, in an apparent tit-for-tat response after Paris
called in the Iranian envoy last week over anti-Israel remarks
made by its hardline President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
a time when Iraq and the war on terrorism tend to dominate the
debate on international affairs, the possibility of an attack
on Iran's nuclear facilities has become a major topic of discussion
in the United States. There are reports that the Bush administration
is seriously considereding this option.
Israel, planning appears to have progressed quite a bit further
as it appears that some in Israel are seriously considering
a preemptive attack similar to the June 1981 attack on Osirak
that destroyed Iraq's nuclear reactor. Meir Dagan, the Chief
of Mossad, told parliament members in his inaugural appearance
before the Israel Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee
that Iran was close to the "point of no return" and
that the specter of Iran possession of nuclear weapons was the
greatest threat to Israel since its inception.
on the wounded in the Dimona terror attack who were evacuated
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