Israel is speaking out against a partnering between Argentina and Iran to investigate the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center.
The creation of the so called Truth Commission was agreed upon by the two nations this week, following 19 years of Argentina accusing the Islamic republic of culpability for the attack that killed 85 and wounded hundreds.
Five Iranians are currently on Interpol’s wanted list for the bombing of the AMIA center, including the republic’s minister of defense.
Now, some are questioning the viability of a pairing between the two at-odds countries.
“Israel is clearly and understandably concerned by the matter,” an Israeli Foreign Ministry statement read.
“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 to 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 that the perpetrators and their sponsors be brought to justice, particularly when we continue to suffer from the Iranian terror plague around the world.”
“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,” the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem said. “It is doubtful whether this is how justice will be rendered.”
Meanwhile, Argentina’s Foreign Ministry released a statement of its own, saying the business is Argentina’s, not Israel’s.
“The attack against the people of our country on July 18, 1994 did not involve any Israeli citizens. Victims were mostly Argentines and included six Bolivians, two Poles and one Chilean,” read a statement. “It should be noted that Argentina has never demanded of an Israeli ambassador to provide explanation for his government’s actions.”
The Truth Commission includes an agreement to form a committee of inquiry in which no members are Argentinian or Iranian. The Fars news agent quoted Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying, “We think studying this issue should definitely result in transparency and finding the reality,” while Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said teaming with Iran on the matter was “like inviting the murderer to participate in the murder investigation.”