Photo: Israel wants Argentina to explain Iran deal
The Middle Eastern nation of Israel wants clarifications from Argentina regarding a leaked cable that reports the South American nation offered Iran a deal where it would stop investigating bombings in Jewish centers in 1990’s Argentina, in exchange for better trade ties.
The Argentine newspaper “Perfil” quoted an Iranian cable with details of the offer.
In July of 1994, a car bomb in front of the Argentine Israeli Mutual association killed 85 people and left wounded another 200. This attack took place two years after another explosive device attack leveled the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, in a terrorist attack that killed 29 people.
Argentine, US, and Israeli officials, claim Iran orchestrated these attacks, and the Hezbollah group carried it; the Iranian government denies any involvement.
The “Perfil” article quoted Iran’s Foreign Relations Minister Ali Akbar Salehi in a communication with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that said, “Argentina is no longer interested in solving those two attacks, but in exchange prefers improving its economic relations with Iran.”
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said Sunday he is waiting for official Argentine comment. “If this is true, then it would be a display of infinite cynicism and a dishonor to the dead.” he said.
The Argentine Foreign Ministry has not yet provided any comments on the issue.