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Israel Vigilant About Upcoming London Olympics

“We Remember Munich,” says Defence Minister, Ehud Barak

By: News Staff

Published: July 23rd, 2012 in News » Israel

Israel Vigilant About Upcoming London Olympics

In the wake of last week’s brutal terror attack in Bulgaria that left six Israeli civilians dead and dozens more injured, Israeli officials said that when it comes to the upcoming London Olympics, and the 40th anniversary of the terror attack that left 11 Israeli athletes dead during the 1972 Munich Olympics, Israel is understandably being “vigilant”.

At the same time, Israel has denied reports that it had sent an advanced team to London to hunt down militants planning an attack on its Olympic contingent.

"There is definitely vigilance in terms of intelligence and operationally ahead of the Olympic Games," Defence Minister Ehud Barak told reporters. "Naturally it is an attractive event, and even without concrete warnings, we must be ready and alert, first and foremost because such things have already happened," he said, referring to a deadly attack at the 1972 Munich Games which left 11 Israelis dead. "We remember Munich."

The report, which Amos Gilad, Barak’s head of policy dismissed, claimed that Israel had sent a team of Mossad agents to Europe to capture militants who were planning attacks with Lebanon's Hezbollah militia and the Quds Force, the special operations unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

"Intelligence doesn't work like that, you don't suddenly send dozens of agents to chase phantoms," said Gilad. "There has to be precise information and a rigorous collection of information. We have to keep cool headed and balanced. There are attempts by Hezbollah and Iran in all sorts of countries, but.we must try and keep a sense of proportion, despite the difficulty of the situation."

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