A Hizbullah plot to assassinate former prime minister Ehud Olmert was allegedly foiled by an Israeli agent, sources close to the terrorist organization said on Wednesday.
The Hizbullah sources told the London-based Al-Arabi al-Jadid media of the plan, which was to be carried out in revenge for the recent killing of arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh in an air strike in Syria blamed on Israel.
“Political sources in close contact with Hizbullah” were quoted as saying that Olmert was targeted because as prime minister of Israel, he oversaw the Second Lebanon War, which was fought between the IDF and Hizbullah. That conflict resulted in extensive reduction of Hizbullah forces and devastation of civilian areas in southern Lebanon, where they had bases and conducted operations.
According to the report, the Olmert assassination plot was prevented by Mohammed Shurba, an alleged Israeli operative who infiltratated the upper echelons of Hizbullah. Shurba is also credited with thwarting an alleged Hizbullah plan to bomb the Israeli embassy in Azerbaijan in 2009.
There was no independent confirmation of the story, however.