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March 20, 2012 8:04 am

Israel and Argentina Commemorate 1990s Blasts

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The trees in the Plaza Embajada de Israel in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In memory of those killed in the embassy bombing.

Israeli and Argentinean leaders met in Buenos Aires last week to commemorate a 1992 terrorist bomb attack in the city that killed 29 people at the site of the Israeli embassy. A second blast in 1994 killed 87 people at the AMIA Jewish community center.

Argentina’s Vice President Amado Boudou, Justice Minister Julio Alak, Defense Minister Arturo Puricelli and other prominent Argentineans attended the ceremony. Also present were Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and Minister Yossi Peled, according to the European Jewish Press.

The Argentinean leaders called the blasts “an attack against the 40 million Argentines” and “a deep wound in the Republic.” The terrorists responsible for the attack were never caught, though both nations believe the perpetrator was Iranian-backed Hezbollah. “We will protect our citizens, our interests everywhere in the world and prevent Iran from acting,” Ayalon said.

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