The former head of Israeli National Security, Uzi Arad, has confirmed for the first time his country’s responsibility for the assassination of the Lebanese Hezbollah military commander Imad Mughniyeh four years ago. He was speaking in the wake of the attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria. The Israeli government blames Hezbollah and Iran for the attack.
Arad remarked that “Israel is the attacking party as it targeted the terrorist Imad Mughniyeh, and Iran is the defending party.” This is the first time that an Israeli official has confirmed Israeli responsibility for the car bomb which killed the Hezbollah leader in Damascus in February 2008.
Hezbollah has always accused the Israeli spy agency Mossad of the killing.