The South Caucasus appears to be finding itself in a risky front-row seat for the ongoing international campaign against Iran's nuclear ambitions and, in turn, outrage at Israel for its role in the struggle.
On February 13, a bomb was found under the car of a Georgian employee of the Israeli embassy in Tbilisi. Ministry of Internal Affairs spokesperson Shota Utiashvili told EurasiaNet.org that he could not specify if the foiled bomb attack was targeted against the Israeli embassy premises, but noted that the car "was located near the embassy." Police defused the explosive without incident.
In a separate incident today, the wife of an Israeli diplomat was injured in a car bomb explosion in New Delhi.
“This is a wonderfully porous country,” an anonymous Mossad operative told the paper. The agent said that Azerbaijan is teaming with both Iranian and Israeli spies, but the Mossad crowd is better camouflaged. “Iranians… are watching us watch them,” the man said.
Iranian officials also scolded the diplomat for an anti-Iranian campaign in Azerbaijan’s state-run news and what they termed to be discriminatory treatment of Iranian truck drivers by Azerbaijani customs officials.
“The accusations are slanderous,” fumed Azerbaijani foreign ministry spokesperson Elman Abdulayev. “Azerbaijan itself suffers from Armenian terrorism and would never let… any terror activity on its territory.” ( In its response to the Iranian note, Baku made sure to rebuke Tehran for its friendship with Armenia, Azerbaijan's arch-foe.)
The generally muted exchanges between Tehran and Baku have grown louder and nastier of late as tensions between Iran and the West threaten to boil over. Last month, Azerbaijan went public with the news of foiling an alleged Iranian terror plot in Baku, which local media said was aimed at assassinating the Israeli ambassador to Azerbaijan.