Twenty-five years after an Iranian-linked terror attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, Israeli survivors, relatives and diplomats relatives will for the first time meet with an Argentinian president to commemorate the tragedy.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry director-general, Yuval Rotem, and the deputy director-general for Latin America, Modi Ephraim, are slated to lead the Israeli delegation in Argentina’s capital on Friday. The 30-person group – including family members of victims – is expected to meet with President Mauricio Macri at his official residence, as well as Buenos Aires Mayor Horacio Rodriguez Larreta prior to a ceremony marking the bombing’s quarter-century anniversary.
“We knew straight away that Iran was behind this heinous attack,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a remembrance ceremony held in Jerusalem on March 6, in alignment with the Hebrew calendar. “Iran set it in motion, Iran planned it and Iran, through its proxy Hezbollah, also carried it out.”
It was March 17, 1992, when a suicide bomber claimed the lives of 29 people – four Israelis and 25 Argentinians – and wounded more than 200.
An outfit linked to Tehran and the Lebanese designated terrorist group Hezbollah later took responsibility. The Argentinian Justice Department also blamed Iran for being behind the attack, which remains the deadliest assault on an Israeli diplomatic mission.
“The memory of those terrible days in Argentina is etched on our hearts, the images never fading from our hearts,” Netanyahu added.