Benjamin Netanyahu, who was in Argentina on Tuesday as the first sitting Israeli prime minister to visit Latin America, praised President Mauricio Macri’s effort to resolve the bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires in 1994 that killed 85 people.
The bombing, which has yet to be solved, has been blamed by the Argentine courts on Iran.
Speaking with Argentine Jewish leaders on Monday, Netanyahu praised Macri’s “determination to find those guilty.”
Under previous President Cristina Fernandez, the prosecutor in the bombing case was found shot dead just hours before he was to appear in Congress to outline his accusation that Fernandez had tried clear the way for a ‘grains for oil’ deal with Iran by white-washing Iran’s role in the attack.
Argentine prosecutors blame Iranians for organizing the truck bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center. But no one has been brought to trial in either that case or the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires.
“Then and now, Iran is instigating terror across the world, and it was Iran that lit the fuse twice in Argentina. Iran initiated, planned and carried out the terrible terrorist attacks through its proxy, Hezbollah,” Netanyahu said in a statement. Hezbollah is an Islamist militant group based in Lebanon.