Who was behind the Delhi bombing? – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

The car was damaged mainly not by the bomb, but by the resulting slow burning fire - Reuters

Who was behind the Delhi bombing?

The bombing of an Israeli diplomat’s car in India isn’t consistent with Iranian or Hezbollah involvement.

Opinion by Gareth Porter (Dr Gareth Porter is an investigative journalist and historian specializing in US national security policy.)

Washington, DC – The magnet bomb that exploded on an Israeli Embassy diplomat’s car in Delhi on February 13 seemed on the surface to be consistent with an Iranian-sponsored action.

It was carried out with same method by which Israel’s Iranian proxy, the Mujahedin-e Khalq, had assassinated an Iranian scientist in mid-January. It occurred on the anniversary of the 2008 assassination of Hezbollah operations chief Imad Mugniyeh, which Hezbollah had vowed to avenge. And it happened at the same time as what appeared to be attempted bombings in Bangkok and Tbilisi.

But a review of the evidence uncovered thus far makes the link to Iran begin to look very dubious. Instead, it points to the distinct possibility that the Israelis planned a carefully limited bomb attack that was not intended to cause serious injury to Israeli diplomatic personnel, but that would advance the larger Israeli narrative on the need to punish Iran.

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