In Assessing Iran, Remember AMIA

[New York Jewish Week] Daniel Carmon - July 18 marked 15 years since the terrorist bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. In an instant, 85 people were killed and hundreds more injured. The seven-story building of the Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina, AMIA - the longtime center of Argentinean Jewish life - was reduced to rubble. This monstrous act followed the destruction of the Israeli embassy in Argentina two years earlier. Twenty-nine people were killed in that terrorist bombing and more than 250 were injured. As an Israeli diplomat serving in Argentina at the time of both bombings, I saw it all. I was in the embassy during the first attack. My wife - mother of our five children - was killed. I myself was wounded. I witnessed the scene of utter devastation. Two separate investigations held in Argentina on the bombings of the Israeli Embassy and the AMIA center implicate Iran as the mastermind, while Hizbullah was the executioner. Ambassador Daniel Carmon is deputy permanent representative of Israel to the UN.

2009-07-24 06:00:00

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