Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel believes terrorist group Hezbollah to be responsible for the attacks in Bulgaria that killed at least five Israelis, in the first on-record comments delivered by the PM since the bombings yesterday.
The attack targeted an Israeli tourist bus in Burgas, Bulgaria and have been linked by Israeli officials to Iran, a major ally and funder of the Lebanon based Hezbollah. Iran has denied connections to the blasts, but Netanyahu pointed to Iran for the “wave of terror”, and called the country the number one exporter of terror.
“The immediate executers are Hezbollah people, who of course have constant Iranian sponsorship,” said Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak to Israel Radio.
Netanyahu vowed in his statement that Israel will pursue and punish those who harm its citizens.