Israel Denies Report of Olympic Games Terror ScareDefense | July 22, 2012, Sunday // 13:43| views
The burned down bus with Israeli tourists that was blasted at Bulgaria's Burgas Airport was removed from the site of the terror attack Thursday, 19 July 2012. Photo by EPA/BGNES
Israel has denied reports that it is hunting a group of white Europeans who are thought to have converted to Islam and working with Iran plan to target Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in London.
"There is definitely vigilance in terms of intelligence and operationally ahead of the Olympic Games," Defence Minister Ehud Barak told reporters.
"Naturally it is an attractive event, and even without concrete warnings, we must be ready and alert, first and foremost because such things have already happened," he said, referring to a deadly attack at the 1972 Munich Games which left 11 Israelis dead.
"We remember Munich."
The Mossad, said the Sunday Times earlier on Sunday, "is hunting a group of white Europeans who are thought to have converted to Islam and to be working with the Iranian Quds force and Hezbollah, the terrorist group backed by Tehran."
Meanwhile Amos Gilad, head of policy at Barak's office dismissed the report as fiction.
"Intelligence doesn't work like that, you don't suddenly send dozens of agents to chase phantoms," he told Israel's army radio.
"There has to be precise information and a rigorous collection of information," he said, describing it as "ant's work."
"We have to keep cool headed and balanced. There are attempts by Hezbollah and Iran in all sorts of countries, but.. we must try and keep a sense of proportion, despite the difficulty of the situation."
The report comes just days after a still unidentified suicide bomber killed five Israelis and a local bus driver in a terror attack in Burgas, Bulgaria, on Wednesday.
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