Jerusalem: Indian intelligence agencies have
"considerable evidence" of Iran`s involvement in the February
13 attack on an Israeli diplomat but are not releasing it in a
bid to avoid public confrontation with Tehran, a top Israeli
security official has claimed.
The senior Israeli official told daily Ha`aretz that the
Indians are "close to fully solving the case but they are not
saying so publicly".
However, Indians have not "concealed the information in
their possession" in quiet contacts with Israel and the United
States, the unidentified senior official was quoted as saying.
It said the Indians have located the motorcycle used in
the attack, have identified who purchased it, and know how and
when the attackers arrived in India.
"The Indians received a great deal of assistance in the
investigation from the United States and Israel and did a lot
of work themselves," the daily quoted the official as saying.
The Israeli official reportedly noted that the Indian
security services have decided to characterise the incident as
a case that, until further notice, is under investigation.
This has lowered the pressure for the release of details,
and the need to make serious decisions on how to proceed has
been deferred, the source pointed out.
Indian investigators were sent to Georgia and Thailand,
where there were failed attacks, a short time after the New
Delhi blast, to compare findings over the explosive charges
used and evidence was found of Iranian involvement in the
attempts, the daily said.
40-year-old Tal Yehoshua, wife of Israeli Defence Attache
in New Delhi, suffered spine and liver injuries in the Feb 13
Meanwhile, reacting to the report, the Israeli ambassador
in New Delhi, Alon Ushpiz, said he was "not aware" of the
details outlined in this article but expressed "full
confidence" in the Indian agencies probing the incident.
"As we have said time after time in the last 2 weeks since
our friend and colleague Tal Yehoshua Koren was attacked by
terrorists in New Delhi, we have the full confidence and the
highest appreciation for the Government of India and it`s
"We are grateful for their assistance and appreciative of
our cooperation. We have no doubt that justice will be done,"