Buenos Aires memorial 311.
(photo credit: Gil Shefler)
BUENOS AIRES – Argentinean Foreign Minister Hector Timerman vowed on Tuesday to
bring the perpetrators of the 1992 and 1994 Buenos Aires bombings of Israeli and
Jewish institutions to justice, though he did not mention Iran’s alleged role in
Speaking at the Alvear Hotel, where the Jewish Agency for
Israel’s Board of Governors had assembled, the politician said the government
would continue to raise the issue of the terrorist attacks at international
“You should know that [Argentinean President Christina] Kirchner
will continue to demand, as she has done in every international forum, that this
case should be brought to justice,” he said. “Let me repeat: We will not stop
until we bring them to justice.”
Yet the absence of any reference to the
Islamic Republic – whose intelligence services Argentina has formally accused of
carrying out the attacks against the Israeli Embassy and AMIA Jewish community
center, killing 114 and leaving hundreds wounded – was noticeable, especially in
comparison to the speech that Intelligence Agencies Minister Dan Meridor
delivered immediately afterwards.
“There is a country which stood behind
[the attacks], and its name is Iran,” Meridor said.
“We see what they
have tried to do recently in Washington,” he added, referring to the alleged
Iranian plot against the Saudi envoy to Washington and the Israeli
Timerman was appointed to his current position by Kirchner in
2010. Diplomatic sources said the Jewish diplomat’s reluctance to point a finger
at Iran might stem from his fears that Kirchner could remove him from his
position in the next government she is the process of forming.
members of the Jewish community attending the event were highly critical of
Timerman and the government’s commitment to finding the culprits of the
“We have a problem, because the country says whatever you want
to hear,” said Rabbi Sergio Bergman, a Buenos Aires councilman. “It has business
with Iran while saying at the United Nations that they are against it. Timerman
has sat with the Iranian foreign minister in Syria. We know that Iran did these
Timerman refused to respond to questions from the
Earlier in the day, Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky and
World Zionist Organization chairman Avraham Duvdevani laid wreaths at a memorial
service for the victims of the bombings.
“After the bombings, it was
important for us to continue to help the community,” said a community member who
was in the Jewish center building when it was attacked.
“Here we are
today continuing to serve our community and proud of our ties to Israel.”