Israel protests Iran deal to Argentinean Ambassador
MFA Deputy Director-General Itzhak Shoham conveyed Israel's astonishment and
disappointment at the Argentinean government's decision to collaborate with
Iran after the latter's responsibility for the bombing of the AMIA Jewish
Community Center was exposed.
(Communicated by the MFA Spokesman)
The Ambassador of Argentina in Israel was summoned today to the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem for a clarification talk. The MFA's Deputy
Director-General for Latin America, Ambassador Itzhak Shoham, conveyed
Israel's astonishment and disappointment at the Argentinean government's
decision to collaborate with Iran after the latter's responsibility for the
bombing of the AMIA Jewish Community Center was exposed by the investigation
conducted by the Argentinean authorities themselves.
Amb. Shoham protested the unacceptable attitude of the Argentinean
government towards Israel since the beginning of contacts between Buenos
Aires and Tehran.
Although a deadly attack destroyed the Embassy of Israel in Buenos Aires two
years prior to the AMIA bombing (killing 29 persons, including four Israeli
diplomats and wounding 250) and although the findings of the Argentinean
investigations have pointed to the great resemblance between the attacks and
the involvement of Iran and Hizbullah in both, Argentina has not responded
to Israel's legitimate requests to be informed of its new diplomatic moves
with Iran, nor of the way in which Argentina envisages bringing the
perpetrators to justice.
Argentina's approach is particularly disappointing given the intimate
relationship to which Israel is accustomed with Argentina, a very friendly
country, Shoham stated.
Amb. Shoham added, "A lack of resolve in dealing with terrorism sends a
message of weakness. Had Argentina dealt resolutely with the 1992 attack on
the Israeli Embassy, the 1994 AMIA bombing might not have happened."