Minister claims Israel warned 30 countries about potential terror plots

Israeli Economy Minister Eli Cohen claimed that Israel warned 30 countries about terror plots in 2017 and that the Iranian drone infiltration earlier this month was an “ambush.” However, Israeli Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin, a member of the security cabinet, said that Cohen doesn’t have access to such information.
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At a law conference at Tel Aviv University this Sunday, Israeli Economy Minister Eli Cohen claimed that Israel warned Australia and 30 additional countries about potential terrorist plots in 2017.

“Australia received a phone call from Israel that [terrorists] wanted to take down [Australia’s] plane,” Cohen said. “Speaking of which, 30 countries received a phone call from Israel in 2017. The State of Israel picked up the phone and told them, ‘Look, this and this will happen at this location. Pay attention, there will be an attack.’”

Cohen further alleged that the Iranian drone infiltration two weeks ago was intentional. “Two weeks ago, they ambushed us a little, the Iranians; they knew that [Israel’s] position is that if someone tests the waters, strikes us, we retaliate,” he claimed. “No one strikes Israel with impunity.”

Israeli Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin denied Cohen’s statements in a subsequent interview on Army Radio. “How does he know?... I’d like to remind the listeners that he is not a member of the Security Council,” Elkin stated. “This information, if true, is highly classified.”

Interestingly, Cohen seemed to confirm that 11 people were killed in the Israeli response to the Iranian drone. “For them, 11 people died and dozens were injured,” he said. Until now, there has been no official comment with regards to said fatalities.

Regardless of the comments' veracity, Cohen's message is clear: Israel's intelligence services are powerful, effective and working in unison with other nations to prevent global terror.

Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin denied Cohen’s statements in a subsequent interview on IDF radio.

 

“How does he know?... I’d like to remind the listeners that he is not a member of the Security Council. This information, if true, is highly classified.”

 

Regardless of the comments' veracity, Cohen's message is clear: Israel's intelligence services are powerful, effective, and working in unison with other nations to prevent global terror.

 

Interestingly, Cohen seemed to confirm that 11 people were killed in the Israeli response to the Iranian drone.

 

“For them, 11 people died and dozens were injured,” he said. Until now, there has been no official comment with regards to said fatalities.



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