An Israeli businessman survived an assassination attempt in Greek Cyprus, Monday, October 4, 2021, and Tel Aviv accused Iran of trying to attack Israelis living in Cyprus.
The Israeli Broadcasting Corporation quoted media in Cyprus as saying that “the billionaire Israeli businessman Teddy Sagi survived an assassination attempt on the island,” without revealing the date of the attempt.
The commission added that press reports indicated that “an Azerbaijani citizen holding a Russian passport was arrested in connection with the assassination attempt, and in possession of a pistol and a silencer, and the citizen appeared before the Greek Cypriot court in a closed session for security reasons.”
The commission also spoke of reports that “foreign intelligence services (which have not been disclosed) alerted the Greek Cypriot authorities of a plan to target Sagi.”
Information obtained by the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation from companies affiliated with the businessman indicates that “there is talk of thwarting an Iranian attempt to target Israeli citizens in Cyprus, and not of Sagi himself.”
She also pointed out that Iran “threatened to respond to what it described as an Israeli campaign to liquidate Iranian scientists and officials in its nuclear program.”
In this context, Matan Sidi, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, accused Iran of trying to attack Israelis living in Cyprus.
Matan denied media reports that a criminally motivated assassination attempt on an Israeli businessman had been thwarted in Cyprus, saying in a statement, “This was a terrorist incident orchestrated by Iran against Israeli businessmen,” according to him, while there has been no Iranian comment yet on these accusations.
Iran had accused Israel of assassinating scholars from the Islamic Republic, most notably the prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was killed on November 27, 2020.