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Ex-Argentinian Presidential Aide Blames Israel’s Shin Bet for AMIA Blast

28 February 2015 18:13

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An advisor to the former Argentinean president disclosed that Israel’s internal spy agency, Shin Bet, was responsible for the 1994 bombing of the AMIA center in Buenos Aires.
“The AMIA blast was aimed at discouraging the (former) Israeli president from signing a peace treaty with the Palestinians and Shin Bet was behind repeated explosions and finally the AMIA blast” to the same end, Juan Gabriel Labake, the advisor to former Argentinean president (1990-1992) and parliamentarian (1973-1976), told FNA on Saturday.

The AMIA blast was an intelligence operation fulfilled under the impact of internal conflicts in Israel over the endorsement or non-endorsement of the peace treaty with the Palestinians, he added.

Asked about the reason for choosing Argentina for the operations, Labake said Argentina was a country with a weak government and its media were under the influence of the Israeli lobbies and, therefore, Shin Bet could easily materialize its goals in the country.

He also pointed to the report of AMIA’s special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, and said some parts of the report were exactly copied from the CIA report on the incident.

Labake said that after the CIA report, all those who supported Nisman withdrew their support for him, adding that all these events indicate why the AMIA prosecutor may have committed suicide.

Elsewhere, he revealed that the US and Israel are attempting to weaken Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner as they benefit from a weak government in the Latin American state most.

Under intense political pressure from the US and Israel, Argentina had formally accused Iran of having carried out the bomb attack of the AMIA building in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people in 1994. The Islamic Republic has categorically denied any involvement in the terrorist bombing.

On January 27, 2013, the former Iranian foreign minister and Timmerman signed an agreement to jointly probe into the bombing.

“This initiative has prevented some countries and political currents from interfering in our good relations with the Latin American states,” former Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mehman-Parast said at the time.

He noted that Israel was trying to link the AMIA deadly incident to Iran, but Tehran’s agreement with Buenos Aires prevented Tel Aviv from achieving its goal.

“The AMIA bombing is a fully suspicious case and no independent and impartial fact-finding mission had ever been commissioned to deal with it (before),” Mehman-Parast added.

After Iran and Argentina signed the deal over AMIA, the Israeli regime showed an angry reaction. “We are stunned by this news item and we will want to receive from the Argentine government a complete picture as to what was agreed upon because this entire affair affects Israel directly,” Israel’s then Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Yigal Palmor said on January 28, 2013.

In a statement on January 30, 2013, however, the Argentinean Foreign Ministry said Israel’s demand for explanation over the agreement, described by Argentinean President Fernandez as “historic,” was an “improper action that is strongly rejected”.

In January, Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner once again threw her weight behind the country’s last year agreement with Iran on investigations into the 1994 bombing of the AMIA center in Buenos Aires.

Addressing the people of Argentina, President Fernandez de Kirchner reiterated that the agreement would help find a way for clarifying the unknowns of the bomb attack and finding the realities.

“Several judges and prosecutors who are pursuing the interests of certain companies and politicians of the opposition political party have tried to portray the MoU as illegal,” the Argentine president said, explaining the hues and cries made by pro-Israeli lobby groups about the agreement.

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