Iran rejects link to Tel Aviv blast

Once again—how convenient is this? As bumping off Iran’s regime becomes more of a strategic necessity for Washington, suddenly Tel Aviv accuses Tehran of being behind the latest suicide bombing. Tehran, for its part, denies the charges—while publicly embracing Islamic Jihad and Hamas.

LONDON, January 21 (IranMania) – Iran on Saturday dismissed as “baseless” remarks by Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz accusing Iran and Syria of being behind a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv that wounded 19 people, said AFP.

“Shaul Mofaz’s comments are baseless,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said in a statement.

“The crisis in Palestinian lands are because of the inhuman policies of Israeli leaders and such comments show the desperation of the ‘Zionist’ regime.”

“Iran’s support to the Palestinians is merely a moral support,” he stressed.

A suicide bomber from the radical movement Islamic Jihad blew himself up at a food stand near Tel Aviv’s old central bus station in what was the first Palestinian suicide attack since the end of a de facto truce last month.

On Friday, Mofaz said Israel had “decisive proof… Iran supplied the money and Jihad’s headquarters in Damascus directed the organisation’s operatives in Nablus” in quotes printed in the Haaretz daily and confirmed by the ministry.

The bombing took place on the same day that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hold talks with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, in what Mofaz called a “terror summit”.

At the talks Syria and Iran, both facing growing international pressure for their allegedly backing terrorism, stood united in support for the resistance against Israel and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

Ahmadinejad also met with the leaders of 10 radical Palestinian movements including Islamic Jihad and Hamas, stressing that he “strongly supports the Palestinian people’s struggle.”

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