Iran tried to kill Israelis in Cyprus, Naftali Bennett says
search

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Iran tried to kill Israelis in Cyprus, Naftali Bennett says

Israeli prime minister calls the incident an ‘attempted Iranian terror attack’ but Teddy Sagi was not the target

Michael Daventry is foreign editor of Jewish News

Israeli businessman Teddy Sagi at the conference
Israeli businessman Teddy Sagi at the conference

An alleged plot to assassinate a group of Israeli businessmen reported by Cypriot media is in fact an Iranian “act of terror”, Naftali Bennett has said.

The Israeli prime minister declared the incident was a mission authorised by Iran to kill business leaders.

But he said Teddy Sagi, an Israeli-Cypriot billionaire, was not a target of the plans that police said were uncovered before they could be executed.

Sagi later fled Cyprus saying his personal security was under threat.

Cypriot media said an alleged hitman was now in custody, but Bennett said the incident was not criminal but terror-related.

A statement from the Israeli prime minister’s office said: “As opposed to some of the reports yesterday regarding an incident in Cyprus, I can clarify on behalf of the security establishment that this was an act of terror that was orchestrated by Iran against Israeli businesspeople living in Cyprus.

“This is not a criminal act and the Israeli businessman Teddy Sagi was not the target of the attack.“

The suspect is an 38-year-old Russian citizen of Azerbaijani origin.

No other businesspeople linked to the alleged plot have been named.

Sagi is a prominent investor in online gambling and real estate.

He was also the sponsor of Jewish News’s Night of Heroes in 2018.

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...

Engaging

Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.

Celebrating

There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.

Pioneering

In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.

Campaigning

Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more:
comments