30 years later, Israeli community in Buenos Aires honors those killed in embassy bombing
Hezbollah has once again been singled out as the organization behind the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, a crime for which, after 30 years, no one has ever been held responsible.
Ambassador Galit Ronen insisted at Thursday’s ceremony hosted by the Argentine-Israeli Chamber of Commerce (ICCA) marking the 30th anniversary of the March 17, 1992, attack that Hezbollah and Iran must be subject to of an investigation if the 29 victims were to find justice.
The event was also attended by Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar. CCIC President Mario Montoto also spoke at the event.
“Today is a sad, hard and difficult day. Today is the 30th anniversary of the embassy bombing and today we have the presence of the ministers of justice of the [Argentine] Nation (Martín Soria), Province (Julio Alak) and City of Buenos Aires (Marcelo D’Alessandro) when we demand justice. We know the truth, we know the name and surname of those responsible. Their name is Hezbollah, their family name is Iran. Those responsible must be imprisoned and for this Israel promises full cooperation,” Ronen said.
She also called on the Jewish people to “move forward” by working in “deep bonds,” as they have done, because “they are the winners; the terrorists are not going to win.”
Montoto also pointed out that “our sovereignty has been violated” in this attack on the embassy. “During those years, I learned a lot about the Israeli spirit, including that in the face of pain, life always triumphs. Destruction and death could not end the love of the Israeli state and the bond with the Argentine people,” he added. Montoto also thanked Ambassador Ronen for being the liaison between businesses and organizations in Argentina and Israel.
Sa’ar said it was Israel’s ‘moral duty’ to prosecute Tehran for its involvement in the attack that killed 29 people, including a Catholic priest from the church across Arroyo Street .
Dozens of people attended a memorial service Thursday at the site of a 1992 terror attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, exactly 30 years after the site was destroyed by a car bomb.
“It was a terrorist attack against my country, but it was also an attack against Argentina, the country where my father was born and raised,” Sa’ar said.
The ceremony took place at the same time as the March 17, 1992 bombing, in which a suicide bomber reportedly killed 29 and injured 242 outside the Israeli embassy, in what remains the deadliest attack on a mission. Israeli diplomacy.
“The perpetrator of the attack in Argentina is Iran, and it is our moral duty to continue to pursue them until they are brought to justice,” said Sa’ar, who also took advantage of the ceremony to reiterate Israel’s public stance on a possible resumption of a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. “The lifting of sanctions [against Iran] … will transfer huge sums to Iran and its proxies, like Hezbollah, harming peace and stability in the Middle East and strengthening terrorist elements,” Saar added.
Iran has been blamed for the 1992 attack and also for orchestrating the 1994 suicide bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people and injured hundreds.