JERUSALEM (AP) — The head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency said Sunday that Israel is ready to strike “in the heart of Tehran” to track down the perpetrators of more than two dozen Iranian attacks on Israeli and Jewish targets around the world.
At a security conference, David Barnea said Israel and its allies had foiled 27 attacks in Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia and South America last year.
“The plans pursued by these teams were orchestrated, planned and directed by Iran,” Barnea said at the conference at Reichman University. He added that Iran was trying to carry out more attacks “as we speak.”
“Our message is loud and clear and decisive,” he said. “Those of you who decided to send the teams, make no mistake. Rest assured that we will reach you and justice will prevail for all to see. This has proven successful in the past and in the future we will take it to the next level.”
Barnea said Israel would pursue both the agents involved in the plots and the commanders who sent them. “These prices are demanded deep in Iran, in the heart of Tehran,” he said.
Israel considers Iran its greatest enemy and pointed to Iran’s calls for the destruction of Israel and its support for hostile militant groups on Israel’s borders. Israel also accuses Iran of seeking a nuclear weapon – an accusation Iran denies.
Iran has accused Israel of carrying out a series of deadly attacks on nuclear scientists and facilities in Iran, although Israel rarely comments on such operations.