The Jewish Chronicle
A real wakeup call for Europeans
THE IRANIANS run two inter-related spy networks in Europe. One works against dissidents and the other targets Israelis. The latter is harder for them because of the risk of Israeli retaliation. But the Europeans will never retaliate, so Iran acts freely.
The Europeans tend to view attacks on dissidents as an extension of an Iranian internal issue, something that is not directed against Europe. The security services don’t ignore it, but it isn’t high on the agenda. This plot, which would have killed hundreds, was a wake-up call. But the Europeans tend to wake up from time to time, then fall asleep again.
The main problem is that the exposure of this plot will have no bearing on European policy towards Iran, particularly on the nuclear issue. If the Iranians thought there would be repercussions, they would think twice. But the Europeans remain complacent, even though Iran is also threatening them.