ARGENTINA: Macri And Israel's Netanyahu Agree To Deepen Trade Ties

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

Dozens of activists held protests in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires against visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who arrived ahead of a four-day tour of Latin America.

Argentina remained neutral during the war but later became a refuge for fleeing Nazi criminals, including some of the most notorious.

Argentina has Latin America's biggest Jewish population.

Speaking in Buenos Aires alongside Argentine President Mauricio Macri, Netanyahu said he wanted to correct the impression in recent media reports that Israel's position on the 2015 deal had softened.

Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with Trump during his visit to NY next week to address the United Nations General Assembly.

Netanyahu later visited the headquarters of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association where a powerful auto bomb killed 85 people in a separate attack on in 1994. "We are beginning here the dawn of a new era and not accidentally we begin it here in Argentina".

Argentine courts have blamed the attack on Iran.

The minister said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's upcoming meeting in NY with U.S. President Donald Trump was critical, and asked him to urge the president to freeze, change or roll back the Iran deal.

Israel and Argentina have long accused Iran of being behind 1990s bombings in Buenos Aires that killed 29 people at the Israeli Embassy and 85 people at a Jewish community center.

"Under previous President Cristina Fernandez, the prosecutor in the bombing case was found shot dead just hours before he was to appear in Congress to outline his accusation that Fernandez had tried clear the way for a "grains for oil" deal with Iran by white-washing Iran's role in the attack". While some people believe Nisman killed himself because he felt his claims against the former president lacked proof, others say he was murdered because he was a threat to the Argentine and Iranian governments. The death was classified as a suicide, but Nisman's family and friends dismissed that idea as absurd.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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