Argentina Shifts Away from Tehran and towards Israel – Isabel de Bertodano (Jewish Chronicle-UK)
The Argentinian government has suspended dialogue with Iran, heralding a shift in policy that coincides with improved relations with Israel.
The Kirchner government is understood to have taken the measure after becoming frustrated with the lack of progress in the investigation into the 1994 AMIA Jewish community center bombing in Buenos Aires in which 85 people were killed and 300 injured.
According to sources cited by the Argentine daily La Nacion, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman has admitted that dialogue with Iran stalled some time ago and has been suspended since December.
At the same time, there is talk of cooperation with Israel on human rights, bilateral dialogue on legal matters and a potential purchase of Israeli military planes by Argentina.
An aide to Timerman this week said “there is a very good climate with Israel and we are much friendlier than before.”