Terror in Bulgaria: 5 Dead in Cowardly Attack
As the five Israeli tourists killed in the terrorist attack in Bulgaria are laid to rest today, we feel both sadness and anger. JINSA would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to their families, friends, and loved ones. We also wish refuah shlema to the injured in the heinous attack.
In recent years, the number of successful attacks has decreased, not because of a decrease in the number of attempts but because of superb efforts by law enforcement, militaries, and intelligence agencies. This year alone, there have been at least eight attempted attacks against both Jews and Israelis worldwide. This one was not even the first attempt in Bulgaria this year. On January 1, authorities found a bomb on a bus that was slated to take Israeli tourists to Bulgaria from Turkey.
The safety of Israelis abroad has improved not because the efforts by Israel’s enemies have diminished. This attack reminds us how narrow the margin of error is as well as how high the cost when an attack succeeds.
On July 18, 1994 terrorists murdered 85 people at the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in Buenos Aires. The murderers who perpetrated Wednesday’s attack observed the anniversary of the Buenos Aires bombing by taking more innocent Jewish lives.
Even as al Qaeda and its affiliates have been significantly degraded, terrorism remains a real and imminent threat.