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

08:21, November 01, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

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

(Editor:张茜)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion