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Pro-Israel groups seek to stop Iran-Argentina deal on AMIA
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Pro-Israel lobbies in Argentina have strongly condemned a government agreement with Iran on the establishment of a truth commission to investigate the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Press TV reports.


On January 27, Iran and Argentina signed a memorandum of understanding to shed light on the bombing on the building of the Israeli-Argentine Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people. The Israeli regime reacted angrily to the deal a day after it was signed.

However, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman have supported the agreement.

In a debate on the agreement at an Argentinean senate committee, Guillermo Borger, the head of AMIA, and Julio Schlosser, the head of DAIA Jewish organization, strongly rejected the agreement. Their efforts to make the Argentine government to scrap the deal sparked criticism from lawmakers.

Miguel Angel Pichetto, the leader of the Victory Front, told Press TV, “Strong things have been said. The AMIA president has talked about the possibility of a third attack. The Jewish people know about the importance of the word and silence. Many words are destructive or anticipate destructive events. We are interested in asking what he knows. You have to be responsible when you talk.”

Luis D’Elia, the leader of the political party of Movement of Latin American Integration for Social Expression (MILES), also blasted the position of local organizations that only respond to Tel Aviv.

“The organizations of the Jewish community in Argentina like AMIA and DAIA are not interested in the truth, memory and justice for the victims’ families. They are only interested in being in line with Israel’s foreign policy.”

D’Elia added that the US and Israeli spy agencies, CIA and Mossad, were interfering in the AMIA case to hinder cooperation between Iran and Argentina.

The agreement will be addressed by Argentina’s senate next week. The commission will need approval of both houses of the congress.

Under intense political pressure imposed by the US and Israel, Argentina had formally accused Iran of having carried out the bomb attack. The Islamic Republic has categorically denied any involvement in the terrorist bombing.

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