WikiLeaks: Israel worried about Iran's S. America influence
By JPOST.COM STAFF
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.According to the cable, Israeli Defense Attache to Chile Or Yoeli told US diplomats that Israel was worried about increasing Iranian presence in Venezuela, Columbia and Iranian influence on Chilean Muslim and Palestinian communities.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.
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