Israel beefs up security around embassies

Tuesday, March 06, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
The defense establishment has issued a warning for Israelis traveling abroad, stating the possibility of kidnappings in light of media reports that the Mossad, Israel’s secret service, was responsible for the disappearance of an Iranian general.

Israeli embassies were instructed to boost security as well as provide extra protection to senior officials traveling abroad.

Israel denied accusations of involvement in the vanishing of General Ali-Raza Asgari, but following Arab media speculation that the Mossad and CIA were behind the disappearance, Israeli targets may be under threat.

The Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, said it would evaluate the necessary security arrangements needed for embassies and dignitaries based a new intelligence reports.

General Asgari, 63, served in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, holding a senior position in the Guards’ branch in Lebanon since the 1990s. One of the Asgari’s assignments was to strengthen ties with Hizballah and supervise the transfer of Iranian instructors to Hizballah training camps in Lebanon. After returning to Iran, Asgari was promoted to deputy defense minister.

Asgari went missing on Feb. 7, shortly after arriving in Istanbul. Iran has asked Turkey to assist in the investigation of his disappearance.

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