Israel disappointed by Argentina-Iran deal Jan 2013

Israel disappointed by Argentina-Iran deal

  •   Justice will not be rendered
    This agreement undermines the investigation of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Community Center and the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires.
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    Israel Embassy Memorial Plaza - Buenos Aires Israel Embassy Memorial Plaza - Buenos Aires
    Israel Embassy Memorial Plaza - Buenos Aires

    (Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)

    The agreement between Argentina and Iran is received in Isral with astonishment and provoked deep disappointment. The Argentinian ambassador in Israel will be summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem to provide explanations for this, his government's latest move. Israel's Ambassador in Buenos Aires, Ms. Dorit Shavit, will request a meeting with the Argentinian Foreign Minister, Hector Timerman, in order to clarify the motivations for this move.

    As soon as contacts between Argentina and Iran had begun, we have asked to be updated on the discussions, but we received no response from the Argentinean authorities.

    Israel is clearly and understandably concerned by the matter. The 1994 bombing targeted the AMIA Jewish Community Center, and caused 85 dead and hundreds of wounded, Jews and non-Jews alike. Though the attack took place on Argentinean soil and was aimed at Argentinean citizens, the findings of the ensuing investigation by Argentinean authorities has brought up a clear resemblance with the bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, which occurred two years earlier. The proven relation between the two attacks grants us the natural right to follow the investigations and to expect the perpetrators and their sponsors to be brought to justice, particularly in times when to suffer from the Iranian terror plague around the world.

    The Argentinean authorities have pointed at Iran as the sponsor of the attack, and took the necessary steps with Interpol in accordance with their findings.

    Now, this recent agreement raises severe questions: it establishes a committee whose recommendations are non-mandatory, and it provides the country which all the evidence points at, namely Iran, with the capacity to delay indefinitely the committee's works. It is doubtful whether this is how justice will be rendered.