New troubles for Hezbollah could also add to Iran’s international isolation. The Iranian regime is already under international sanctions for its suspect nuclear program, and has seen its position weaken due to its close ties with the Syrian regime. Its association with Hezbollah will likely further hurt Iran’s international image.
Wainwright warned the attack, along with a wave of attacks against Israelis around the world in the past year, is an indication of a real threat to Israelis and Jews in Europe.
‘‘Even if it’s not Hezbollah, it has still obviously been carried out by an organization with some capability in the world, so the threat remains,’’ Wainwright said. ‘‘I don’t want to exaggerate the scale of that threat, but I think law enforcement authorities — government authorities — should take notice of this incident and prepare for the possibility at least of similar attacks in Europe.’’
Matt Lee in Washington; Rod McGuirk in Canberra, Australia; Joseph Federman in Jerusalem and Bassem Mroue in Beirut, Lebanon, contributed to this report.