Argentina Calls Iran Bombing Talks 'Positive'

Jewish Leaders Say Iran Still Denies Role In 1994 Attack

Justice and Memory: Candles burn at a memorial to the 85 victims of the 1994 terror bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Justice and Memory: Candles burn at a memorial to the 85 victims of the 1994 terror bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

By JTA

Published November 01, 2012.
  • Print
  • Share Share

Three days of negotiations between Argentina and Iran over the bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center have been “very positive,” Argentina’s Foreign Minister Hector Timerman announced.

The statement came Wednesday at the Government House after three days of meetings between authorities of both nations at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. “

“The only commitment is to the right of the victims and their families to find the truth and justice,” Timerman, who is Jewish, said. Timerman also announced new negotiations with Iran scheduled for November

“We condemn terrorism and reject the accusations against our citizens,” the Iranian spokesperson for the county’s Foreign Relations Ministry said Wednesday. “Negotiations with Argentina are on due course and will continue until a clear conclusion is reached,” he told reporters. The Tehran representative affirmed that Iran is “willing to undertake a detailed revision process to help determine who the perpetrators were.”

After the Iranian statement, AMIA Jewish Center President Guillermo Borger said that the opportunity for dialogue had “come and gone” when the “Iranian Foreign Ministry upheld that its citizens have no connection to the attack.” The AMIA president’s opposition to the current dialogue was featured Wednesday on the cover of the best selling newspapers in Argentina today.

Prior the meeting, Israel, the United States and the Argentinean Jewish community spoke out against the meetings. Relatives of AMIA victims and Jewish leaders also have urged their government not to negotiate with Iran.

On Monday, after the first day of negotiations, B’nai Brith International stated that “such a political negotiation could violate Argentina’s own constitution, which calls for the extradition of those accused in the attack. Accordingly, no political negotiation can be done while there is a judicial investigation.” The statement released from Washington also said that “Iran has steadily infiltrated Latin America, creating strong and dangerous ties with Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador These meetings Argentina is holding give undue legitimacy to a terror-sponsoring regime.”

The 1994 attack on the Jewish community’s main complex in Buenos Aires killed 85 and wounded hundreds. Iran is accused of directing the bombing that allegedly was carried out by the Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
  • Should couples sign a pre-pregnancy contract, outlining how caring for the infant will be equally divided between the two parties involved? Just think of it as a ketubah for expectant parents:
  • Many #Israelis can't make it to bomb shelters in time. One of them is Amos Oz.
  • According to Israeli professor Mordechai Kedar, “the only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped."
  • Why does ultra-Orthodox group Agudath Israel of America receive its largest donation from the majority owners of Walmart? Find out here: http://jd.fo/q4XfI
  • Woody Allen on the situation in #Gaza: It's “a terrible, tragic thing. Innocent lives are lost left and right, and it’s a horrible situation that eventually has to right itself.”
  • "Mark your calendars: It was on Sunday, July 20, that the momentum turned against Israel." J.J. Goldberg's latest analysis on Israel's ground operation in Gaza:
  • What do you think?
  • "To everyone who is reading this article and saying, “Yes, but… Hamas,” I would ask you to just stop with the “buts.” Take a single moment and allow yourself to feel this tremendous loss. Lay down your arms and grieve for the children of Gaza."
  • Professor Dan Markel, 41 years old, was found shot and killed in his Tallahassee home on Friday. Jay Michaelson can't explain the death, just grieve for it.
  • Employees complained that the food they received to end the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan was not enough (no non-kosher food is allowed in the plant). The next day, they were dismissed.
  • Why are peace activists getting beat up in Tel Aviv? http://jd.fo/s4YsG
  • Backstreet's...not back.
  • Before there was 'Homeland,' there was 'Prisoners of War.' And before there was Claire Danes, there was Adi Ezroni. Share this with 'Homeland' fans!
  • BREAKING: Was an Israeli soldier just kidnapped in Gaza? Hamas' military wing says yes.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.