Israel angered over Argentina-Iran bombing probe

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 January, 2013, 3:02pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 January, 2013, 3:24pm

Israel is angered by an agreement between Iran and Argentina to jointly investigate the bombing of a Jewish centre that killed 85 people in Buenos Aires 19 years ago and will summon the Argentinian ambassador to demand an explanation.

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon says the agreement, which was struck this week, “is like inviting a murderer to investigate the killings he committed.”

Argentine prosecutors have formally accused six Iranians of co-ordinating - under orders from their government - the July 18, 1994, attack that leveled the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association building. The Argentines have spent years seeking to interrogate the six with the help of Interpol.

Israel’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday its ambassador in Buenos Aires will also request a meeting with the Argentinian foreign minister for clarifications.