Israel angered over Argentina-Iran bombing probe

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 29, 2013 at 3:09 am •  Published: January 29, 2013
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Previous Argentine probes resulted "only in failures and scandal, with a trial that ended up being a farce" after high-level officials were accused of covering up evidence and deliberately misdirecting investigators, Fernandez said in a series of tweets.

Israel's foreign ministry said Tuesday that it is "deeply disappointed" and is summoning Argentina's ambassador to demand an explanation over the joint probe and that Israel's ambassador in Buenos Aires will request a meeting with Argentines foreign minister for clarifications.

"Though the (Jewish community center) attack took place on Argentinean soil and was aimed at Argentinean citizens, the findings of the ensuing investigation by Argentinean authorities has brought up a clear resemblance with the bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, which occurred two years earlier," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

"The proven relation between the two attacks grants us the natural right to follow the investigations and to expect the perpetrators and their sponsors to be brought to justice, particularly in times when to suffer from the Iranian terror plague around the world," the ministry said. "It is doubtful whether this is how justice will be rendered," it said.

Israel and Iran are bitter enemies and tensions are high over Tehran's nuclear program.

Israel considers a nuclear-armed Iran to be an existential threat, citing Iranian denials of the Holocaust, its calls for Israel's destruction, its development of missiles capable of striking the Jewish state and its support for violent Middle Eastern militant groups. Tehran says its nuclear program is peaceful, a claim that Israel and many Western countries reject.