BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — The president of the AMIA Buenos Aires Jewish center said the truth commission agreed to by Argentina and Iran “will allow a third bombing in Argentina.”
“This pact is viewed by some people as a step forward. This may be a step to the precipice,” Guillermo Borger said. “It will allow a very unfortunate third attack.”
The confrontation between Borger and Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez came to a head on Saturday as Fernandez took to the national television airwaves and Twitter to defend the deal.
“I read with concern the statements made by Guillermo Borger, president of AMIA, on deal with Iran. What do you know to make a statement so terrible?” Fernandez questioned on Twitter. “If there was an attack planned related the agreement with Iran, who is the mastermind and the material author?”
Argentina’s Senate will be the first legislative chamber to discuss the memorandum of understanding signed Januart 27 with Iran on the 1994 AMIA bombing, which killed 85 and wounded hundreds. Fernandez has summoned the Argentinian Congress to a special session February 28 on the pact, which would create a truth commission allowing judges to question Iran’s suspects in Tehran.
Borger is strongly rejecting the agreement, relating it with new dangers to Argentina, after expressing satisfaction with the pact following a meeting with Foreign Minister Hector Timerman at the AMIA building on January 29. Other Jewish leaders and victims’ families were also in the meeting with Timerman.
Last week, Timerman reportedly rebuked the Israeli ambassador to Buenos Aires, castigating Israel for demanding an explanation of the probe into the 1994 bombing.
Earlier this month, Israel made clear it was furious about the agreement between Argentina and Iran, saying it was comparable to asking a murderer to investigate his own crimes.
Argentina’s ambassador to Israel, Atilio Norberto Molteni, was summoned to Jerusalem for a harsh reprimand.
Though the truth commission will only deal with the attack on the AMIA, Iran is also suspected of involvement in a 1992 attack on the Israeli Embassy in the Argentine capital that left 29 people dead.
AP and Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.