Explosion rocks Israeli embassy in New Delhi

Monday, February 13, 2012 |  Ryan Jones

A "cold war" between Israel and Iran heated up on Monday when Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Islamic Republic of being behind an explosion at the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi, India that wounded an Israeli diplomat's wife.

The victim, the wife of Israel's security attache in India, reportedly suffered moderate-to-serious injuries.

Security officials also discovered and defused a bomb in the vehicle of an Israeli embassy employee in Georgia. The employee, a local Georgian man, had just dropped his children off at their kindergarten in Tbilisi when he heard a strange sound from underneath the car and found the bomb.

"Iran, which is behind these attacks, is the greatest exporter of terrorism in the world," said Netanyahu. "The Israeli government and its security forces will continue to work together with local security services against these terrorist actions."

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman added: "It just shows that Israel and its citizens face terror inside and outside Israel. We deal with it every day. We know how to identify exactly who is responsible for the attack."

The attacks come just days after news reports suggested that Israel is using friendly nations in the Caucasus region, such as Azerbaijan, to spy on Iran's nuclear program. On Monday, Iran reportedly warned Azerbaijan to stop cooperating with Israel.

Following the assassination of a prominent Iranian nuclear scientist earlier this year and a mysterious explosion at an Iranian missile base late last year, analysts are calling the situation between Israel and Iran a new "cold war," drawing comparisons to the decades-long espionage battles between the Soviet Union and America.

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