Peres cancels Africa visit in fear of revenge attack

Saleh Naami , Tuesday 24 May 2011

Travel planes of Israeli politicians affected by a fear of Hezbollah and al-Qaeda attacks in response to past assassinations of their respective leaders

Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot revealed in its Tuesday issue that Israeli President Shimon Peres cancelled his historic visit to Ethiopia and Ghana after warnings of the possibility of revenge attacks for the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and assassinated Hezbollah leader and commander Imad Mughniyah, assassinated in 2008.

The newspaper mentioned that the plan was for Peres to visit the two nations in July, heading a large delegation including approximately two hundred Israeli businessmen.

Basing its report on Israeli security sources, the paper says that the decision to cancel the trip was taken after considering the cost of security measures needed to protect the president following the security warnings.

The paper revealed that Israeli Minister of Communications Moshe Kahlon was also obliged to cancel a visit to Azerbaijan due to the high security costs.

The counter-terrorism bureau of the office of the Israeli prime minister had warned the country’s businessmen and tourists to take caution when visiting Turkey, Islamic republics that were previously a part of the Soviet Union, Africa and Latin American countries on the grounds that Hezbollah has the infrastructure in those parts to carry out of operations against Jewish and Israeli targets to avenge Mughniyah’s death.

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