Argentina’s President Kirchner Implies Jewish Community Leaders Caused Foreign Minister’s Illness
The President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, implied in a series of tweets this week that the local Jewish community is responsible for the country’s foreign minister’s recent deteriorated health, Israel’s NRG reported on Thursday.
According to the report, Kirchner suggested that Foreign Minister Hector Timmerman’s health took a turn for the worse after criticism from members of the Jewish community. The critique was prompted by the government’s decision to include Iran in a commission of inquiry into the 1994 Buenos Aires Jewish community center bombing.
“Hector is seriously suffering after the manner in which the heads of the community behaved towards him and called him a traitor,” tweeted Kirchner after the Foreign Minister underwent surgery on Tuesday to remove a tumor from his liver.
After she was subsequently called out online for her remarks, she responded with a tweet that NRG said implied an accusation of dual loyalties against the Jewish community. “It’s known that Hector is Jewish , but first he is an Argentine, like me. I am Catholic, but first I am Argentine.”
“For me, there is nothing more important than the homeland,” she tweeted.
On Thursday, doctors said Timmerman was recovering “well and without complications.“