(JNS.org) Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said he believes Iran is building a terror infrastructure in Central and South America, using its embassies and local Shi’ite Muslim populations as bases.
Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, pictured, said Iran is building a terror infrastructure in Central and South America. Credit: Reuven Kapuscinski.
“The Iranians use diplomatic mail [pouches] in order to transport bombs and weapons, and we know that there are states in South America, like Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia, where the Iranian have terror bases, both in the embassies and among the local Shiite Muslim populations,” Ya’alon said in a meeting with Guatemalan President Otto Fernando Perez, the Times of Israel reported.
Ya’alon believes these bases can be used to attack Jewish or Israeli interests in the region, or attacks inside of the U.S., similar to the foiled 2011 attack on a Saudi ambassador in Washington, DC.
“[The Iranians] built this infrastructure for the eventuality that they will have to act against Jews, Israelis or Israeli interests, but it is important to them as an infrastructure that enables them to act within the United States,” he said.