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Israel was concerned with Iran's growing influence in South America and worked together with the Chilean government to monitor "unusual activity" from the Islamic Republic's envoy to Santiago, a US diplomatic cable from February, 2008 released by WikiLeaks revealed.
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Israeli Defense Attache to Chile Yoeli Or said, according to the cable "that he works with Chile's
Investigative Police (PDI ) and 'other agencies' sharing information,
and providing training when possible."
The cable said that "while there are no signs of GOI affiliation with
terrorist groups in Chile, the Chilean intelligence service and the
Israeli government are screening for anything they deem suspicious."
US diplomats that Israel was worried about increasing Iranian presence
in Venezuela, Columbia and Iranian influence on Chilean Muslim and
The Israeli diplomat stated that ideally "Israel would be doing more to
expand trade ties with Latin America, in part to help balance Iran's
expanding influence in the region." However, he said that a lack of
resources prevented Israel from properly carrying out this plan.
The revelations in the cable come after a number of South American countries at the end of 2010 recognized a Palestinian state.
Brazil was the first of the Latin American countries to initiate the
move and was soon followed by countries such as Argentina, Uruguay,
Chile and Bolivia.