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February 11, 2013

Argentina’s Deal With Iran

Laura: Argentinian Foreign Minister Hector Timmerman is protecting those responsible for the mass murder of fellow Jews in his own country.  Timmerman also attacked Israel for having the audacity to demand these Iranian jihadists be brought to justice. Timmerman defines kapo. There are certain pathetic, cowardly “Jews” who viciously turn against their own people in the hope that antisemites won’t target themselves.  The Argentinian leadership joins the long list of morally repugnant governments throwing Jews under the bus to placate jihadist savages.

Candidly Speaking: Argentina’s pact with the devil

By ISI LEIBLER, JPOST

That Argentinian leaders could be a part of a cynical whitewashing of the murder of their own citizens should lead to severe condemnation.

Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner has jettisoned whatever was left of her country’s moral standing by consummating a devil’s pact with Iran, whose leaders were responsible for having inflicted the worst-ever act of terrorism on her own citizens.

In March 1992, the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires suffered a terrorist bombing which killed 29 and wounded 242 people. Two years later, in July 1994, a second bombing targeted the Jewish community center (AMIA) killing 85 and injuring hundreds.


There were protracted investigations and eventually two Argentinian prosecutors, Alberto Nisman and Marcelo Burgos, formally accused the Iranian government of orchestrating the attacks. In 2007 the Argentinian government even issued arrest warrants for six Iranians accused of involvement, one of whom, Ahmad Vahidi, is currently the defense minister, and another of whom is former president Ali Rafsanjani.

They were placed on Interpol’s “red” list of wanted criminals. None of them were apprehended and, not surprisingly, Iran adamantly refused to cooperate.
Over time, evidence emerged exposing corruption and indicating that a cover-up had taken place. A judge was impeached for bribery and there were allegations that the Iranian intelligence service had deposited $10 million in a Swiss bank account held by former president Carlos Menem in return for his hushing up the affair. In March 2012, Menem was ordered to stand trial for obstruction of justice, but to date there has been no further progress.
In 2005, president Nester Kirchner, the late husband of the current president, described Argentina’s failure to move forward in this matter as a “national disgrace.”

But now, his widow and successor, President Cristina Kirchner, in a shocking reversal, has brought Argentinian political decadence to a climax by consummating a pact with the Iranians to create a joint “truth commission” in order to investigate the AMIA terrorist attack by the “judicial authorities of Argentina and Iran… and issue a report with recommendations about how the case should proceed.” Lest there be any doubt as to the outcome, the statement unashamedly stressed that the project would be “based on the laws and regulations of both countries.”

Ironically, President Kirchner announced this diabolical pact with the murderers of Argentinian civilians, who were targeted as Jews, on January 27, International Holocaust Memorial Day.

Furthermore, in her statement President Kirchner stressed that she would “never allow the AMIA tragedy to be used as a chess piece in a game of faraway geopolitical interests” – clearly conveying Argentina’s opposition to efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb.

THAT THE Argentinian leaders could collaborate with such a cynical whitewashing of the murder of their own citizens and create a “truth commission” with a wretched, despotic, Holocaust denying regime should lead to the condemnation of the Argentinian government by the civilized world. It should be viewed as even worse than the Venezuela of Hugo Chavez, known to be one of Argentina’s principal allies and funders.

Underlying this move are the economic problems Argentina is facing in relation to its debts to the World Bank and other global institutions. As far back as March 2011, there were media reports alleging that Argentinian Foreign Minister Hector Timmerman had offered to freeze the AMIA inquiry in return for an upgrade in economic relations with Iran. It was also alleged that Timmerman had proposed that Syrian President Bashar Assad could act as an intermediary to facilitate such a deal. A purportedly leaked cable from Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Salehi was quoted stating, “Argentina is no longer interested in solving those two attacks, but in exchange prefers improving its economic relations with Iran.”

The current Argentinian Jewish communal leaders are a far cry from their courageous predecessors who led the community until the 1980s. Yet, despite being intimidated by Timmerman, they still conveyed muted distress concerning their government’s shameful whitewash of the Iranians responsible for the cold-blooded murder of their kinsmen.

The Israeli foreign ministry expressed bitter disappointment and shock and summoned the Argentinian ambassador.

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon stated that “Argentina’s move did more than evoke shock and concern in Israel… It was clear to all that the Iranians and their Hezbollah minions were involved in the attack” and that bringing the Iranians into the so-called “truth commission” was equivalent to “inviting the murderer to participate in a murder investigation.”

According to a report in Haaretz, this resulted in an enraged, almost hysterical response by Foreign Minister Timmerman, who summoned the Israeli ambassador, Dorit Shavit, and accused her government of providing “ammunition to anti-Semites who accused Jews of dual loyalties.” He added “Israel has no right to demand explanations. We are a sovereign state and Israel is not entitled to speak on behalf of the Jewish people and does not represent it.”

Shavit responded that Israel was entitled to be concerned about the welfare of Jews throughout the world and reminded Timmerman about his own family’s relationship with Israel.

Timmerman’s father Jacobo, an Argentinian Jew, had been the editor of La Opinion, a leftist weekly news magazine.

His involvement with a questionable investment banker was either the basis or the pretext for being arrested by the right-wing military junta controlling the country at the time. He was subject to torture and held in solitary confinement. He alleged, probably with just cause, that anti-Semitism was a factor in his arrest but lost the plot when he argued that the right-wing military dictatorship represented a genocidal threat to the Jews.

It was as a result of the secret intervention of Israeli authorities, including the ambassador, that he was released in 1979 and came to Israel where he wrote a book outlining his persecution in Argentina titled Prisoner without a Name, Cell without a Number.

However, a few years later in 1983 he published a second book brutally attacking Israel’s policies in relation to the Lebanon war and accusing prime minister Menachem Begin of destroying the moral integrity of the Jewish people and transforming Israelis into “efficient criminals.” He compared Israel to the fascist government of Argentina which had incarcerated and tortured him and called for a tribunal of Diaspora Jews to pass moral judgment on Israel’s leaders and the IDF. Shortly after publishing his tirade, he left Israel and died in Buenos Aires in 1999.

His hatred and lack of appreciation to Israel for saving his life was bequeathed to his son, Hector. Prior to becoming foreign minister, Hector’s Jewish background is alleged to have been a major factor contributing to his appointment as Argentina’s consul-general in New York, where he developed relations with influential members of the Jewish community.

As foreign minister, Timmerman presents himself as a devoted supporter of human rights. Yet he played a central role on behalf of the Argentinian regime in sanitizing the Iranian murderer of his own people. Orchestrating such a pact with one of the world’s worst abusers of human rights makes a mockery of his moral pretensions.

He also clearly relishes attacking Israel, seemingly oblivious to the fact that the Jewish state was responsible for saving his father’s life. Only last month, he compared the UK’s control of the Falkland Islands, which Argentina claims, to Israel’s “colonial” control of the West Bank.

It is nauseating to see such despicable behavior by the Argentinian government being implemented by a politically far-left Jewish scoundrel.

Posted by Laura @ 6:52 pm | 53 Comments »



53 Responses to Argentina’s Deal With Iran

  1. yamit82 says:

    dweller Said:

    No calumny; ironclad fact. Reliance on the intellect is hazardous to the spirit. “Of books there is no end, and much learning is a weariness of the flesh. . . .”

    (And the author would’ve known.)

    “Of books there is no end, and much learning is a weariness of the flesh. . . .”

    You cut the quote with no attribution, complete the original in context: Makes more sense.

    Kohelet 12/with Rashi

    . And remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of evil come, and years arrive, about which you will say, “I have no desire in them.”

    . And remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of evil come, and years arrive, about which you will say, “I have no desire in them

    On the day that the keepers of the house tremble, and the mighty men are seized by cramps, and the grinders cease since they have become few, and those who look out of the windows become darkened.

    And the doors shall be shut in the street when the sound of the mill is low, and one shall rise at the voice of a bird, and all the songstresses shall be brought low

    And the doors shall be shut in the street when the sound of the mill is low, and one shall rise at the voice of a bird, and all the songstresses shall be brought low.

    Before the silver cord snaps, and the golden fountain is shattered, and the pitcher breaks at the fountain, and the wheel falls shattered into the pit.

    And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God, Who gave it.

    “Vanity of vanities,” said Koheleth; “all is vanity.”

    And more [than this], Koheleth was wise, he also taught knowledge to the people; he listened and sought out, he established many proverbs.

    Koheleth sought to find words of delight and properly recorded words of truth.

    The words of the wise are like goads, and like well-fastened nails with large heads, given from one shepherd.
    Rashi:

    And more than they, my son, beware; making many books has no end, and studying much is a weariness of the flesh.
    And more than they, my son, beware: more than the uprightness of the words of truth, the words written in the aforementioned books.
    my son, beware: to observe the words of the Sages. Now if you ask, “If they are necessary, why were they not written down?”
    making many books has no end: If we would attempt to write, we would be unable to do so.
    and studying much is a weariness of the flesh: And if he comes to memorize large amounts, more than the heart can grasp, that is weariness to man, but let one not say, “Since I cannot complete the work, why should I begin?” But…


    For every deed God will bring to judgment-for every hidden thing, whether good or bad.

    Rashi: The end of the matter, everything having been heard, fear God: What you can, do, and let your heart be to Heaven.
    and keep His commandments, for this is the entire man: Because, for this matter, the entire man was created.

    The end of the matter, everything having been heard, fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the entire man.

    Rashi: For every deed: that a person performs, God will bring to judgment. Therefore, ???????? is vowelized with a “pattah,” [meaning a “seggol”], and the cantillation sign is above, since it is not connected to the name [of God].
    for every hidden thing: even for the unintentional sin.
    whether good or bad: even if he stumbled in [the performance of] a commandment, such as giving charity to a poor man in public [causing him embarrassment].
    The end of the matter, everything having been heard, fear God, etc.:

  2. dweller says:

    @ yamit82:

    “If you were really born a Jew you have removed yourself from the Jewish community…”

    “Nachmanides would tell you you’re absolutely fullovit. So would Maimonides. What’s more, you know it.”

    “Must have missed something they said, what was that?”

    You missed nothing. I told you, “you know it.”

    Playing “cat & mouse,” are you?

    You provide some support for your OWN assertion [above], then I’ll provide you with support for mine.

  3. dweller says:

    @ yamit82:

    “Reliance on the intellect is hazardous to the spirit. “Of books there is no end, and much learning is a weariness of the flesh. . . . ‘Of books there is no end, and much learning is a weariness of the flesh. . . .’ (And the author would’ve known.)”

    “You cut the quote…”

    I offered the part that was directly pertinent to the matter under discussion at that point in the thread.

    Anything more would have constituted sheer, off-point pedantry

    — you know, kind of, like, the rest of your whole post?

    “… with no attribution…”

    So? — It’s hardly what could be called ‘obscure.’

    Not every quote needs attribution, Yamit.

    — Sometimes the mere placing of a familiar adage or saying in quotation marks is more than sufficient; in such cases, the appending of the author’s name CAN even constitute something of a distraction.

    Do you really need the name of the author of, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…”?

    Or, for that matter — Do you really need the name of the author of, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated…”?

    “…complete the original in context: Makes more sense.”

    What I offered made PLENTY of sense to me in the context of the discussion that was UNDERWAY

    — and, I suspect, plenty of sense to the other readers, as well.

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