Israeli PM says attempt to strike U.S. synagogues represents " rising wave of terror"

08:21, November 01, 2010      

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented Sunday on the failed attempt of Yemen-based militants to strike Chicago synagogues with explosive packages over the weekend, saying the affair is an indication that global terrorism is on the rise.

"It matters not whether the attempt is to strike a synagogue in Chicago, a train station in Madrid, or (targets) in Mumbai or Bali, " Netanyahu said at the weekly cabinet meeting.

"We are facing a terror wave that is growing, both in terms of the weapons it uses and in terms of trends and audacity vis-a-vis the world," the premier said, according to a statement sent to Xinhua.

Security authorities in Dubai and Britain on Friday intercepted two packages sent from Yemen, which contained bombs comprised of explosive material. The bombs were packed in printer toner cartridges and were mailed to synagogues in Chicago.

U.S. intelligence agencies estimate al-Qaida is behind the plot, but no official confirmation has been issued, the Ynet news service reported Sunday. A Qatari civil aviation official said over the weekend that one of the packages travelled on two passenger flights before it was discovered.

Sources close to the investigation said the amount of explosives that the bombs contained was four to six times greater than that carried by the Nigerian terrorist who attempted to blow up a commercial flight over the American city of Detroit last December.

White House officials have said the threat of more such explosive devices remains.

Netanyahu is scheduled to visit the U.S. next week, where he will attend the Jewish Federations of North America's General Assembly in New Orleans.

He told cabinet ministers on Sunday that he will discuss the threats of terrorism with U.S Vice President Joe Biden and other American officials during the trip, and will, "discuss the " resumption of the diplomatic process in an effort to achieve peace and security."

Source: Xinhua


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