Israeli Reprimand to Argentinean Ambassador: "Give Information!"
Argentina didn’t answer to our legitimate demand—Yitzhak Shoam,
Latin America Deputy Director of Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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On July 18, 1994, a car loaded with ammonium nitrate fertilizer and fuel oil was detonated in front of the Jewish Community Center located in a densely constructed commercial area of Buenos Aires; 85 people died, about 300 were injured. Ever since, Israel keeps blaming Iran, despite the fact that the driver was Lebanese. On January 28, 2013, Argentina and Iran announced an agreement on the investigation; shortly afterwards the Argentina Ambassador in Tel Aviv got a wild reprimand from Israel.
Last Sunday, Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and his Argentinean counterpart Hector Timerman signed a memorandum of understanding during an African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; the document has still to be ratified by the respective parliaments. If approved, a "Truth Commission" will be made up of five independent judges, none of whom will be from the two countries. The Argentinean Minister is a pivotal figure in this context since in the 1980s his father Jacobo was the general manager of Aurora, Israel's Spanish newspaper. It will be devilishly difficult for Israel to claim Argentina took an anti-Semitic decision.
thy brother's blood crieth...
Israel didn't wait. The following day, Yitzhak Shoam, Latin America Deputy Director of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Argentina Ambassador Atilio Norberto Molteni and delivered an unprecedented reprimand. According to Haaretz, the softest thing said there was "Argentina shows weakness towards Iran," and "Israel is surprised and disappointed." If this phrasing weren't odd enough, he added "Despite this [protest], Argentina didn't react to our legitimate request to receive information about the new move and about the way the Argentineans plan to bring the suspects to trial. This is especially disappointing due to the intimacy we are accustomed to from a friendly country as Argentina is." At the time this article was published, Argentina hadn't yet reacted publicly.
Considering the wild Israeli reaction, one should ask the Israeli administration several questions in the same unfriendly tone that they value so much. Why is Israel so involved in the event? Was any of the victims Israeli? What are the foundations for the obsessive Israeli accusations against Iran? Why does Israel request information on the internal affairs of another country? What "intimacy" do Israel and Argentina have? How are the clear links between the Argentinean Foreign Affairs Minister and Israel's Spanish newspaper (a front of the Israeli intelligence community) influencing the events? Is Israel afraid that the world will discover that this was a false-flag attack? Is Israel planning future retaliatory attacks, and needs therefore to force certain results? Please, Mr. Shoam, take your time and provide us with a thorough answer because the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. Do you remember Cain?
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