Suspected terrorists have recently been tracking airplane crew members of the Israeli national airline, El Al, in Toronto, purportedly in preparation for an attack on airline personnel. Al Haaretz reports today that Israeli intelligence thinks Hezbollah seeks to attack Israeli targets abroad to avenge the February assassination of Imad Mughniyeh, Hezbollah’s number two and suspected of being involved in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. barracks in Beirut. Hezbollah blames Mossad for the assasination.
I wouldn’t exactly call this alarmist either:
• July 2002: Two people are killed by a gunman firing on El Al passengers at LAX before an Israeli security official shot and killed the gunman.
• May 2003: EL Al canceled a flight to Kenya after receiving an intelligence warning of a planned attack.
• September 2003: An El Al flight from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles diverts to Montreal because of a warning of a terror attack planned for its layover in Toronto.
• November 2005: Seven Dutch youths arrested for planning to attack an El Al plane.
• June 2006: Swiss authorities uncover an attempt by a Muslim terror cell to attack an El Al plane in Germany.
• November 2006: Germany arrests six on suspicion of planning to blow up an El Al plane leaving from Frankfurt.
• Summer 2008: Hezbollah cell caught collecting against Israeli targets in Canada, including the Israeli Embassy in Ottawa.