Israel has joined Lebanon in claiming credit for providing intelligence to Australia to prevent a terror plot to blow up a plane leaving Sydney.
Four men were arrested in late July over the conspiracy, which the Australian Federal Police allege involved smuggling a bomb hidden inside a meat grinder onto an Etihad flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed overnight reports that the country’s Unit 8200, attached to the Israeli Intelligence Corps, provided “exclusive intelligence” that thwarted the attack.
“I can tell you that this is one of many, many such actions that we did preventing terrorism around the world,” he said during a speech in Jerusalem, according to Reuters.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton confirmed Australia’s spy agency ASIO was assisted by Israeli counterparts.
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