Argentina, Israelis mark 25 years since attack on Buenos Aires embassy

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — The 1992 terrorist attack against the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires was remembered in the Argentine city exactly 25 years after it was blown up by a car bomb.

The ceremony marking the attack took place on Friday at 2:50 p.m., the time 25 years ago that the embassy was destroyed in an attack that killed 29 and injured 242.

Prior to the ceremony, Argentine President Mauricio Macri met for the first time with the Israeli survivors and relatives of victims of the attack.

Macri hosted the group of 50 Israelis on Friday morning at his official residence.

The president tweeted about the visit to his more than 3,741.000 followers: “After 25 years we remember the victims of the painful terrorist attack to the Israeli embassy with relatives and survivors.”

A 25 años recordamos a las víctimas del doloroso atentado terrorista a la embajada de Israel junto a los familiares y sobrevivientes

— Mauricio Macri (@mauriciomacri) March 17, 2017

Among those who met with Macri and participated in the remembrance ceremony were Israel’s current ambassador to India and Sri Lanka, Daniel Carmon, whose wife, Eliora, was killed in the attack; the Israeli ambassador to Argentina at the time of the bombing, Yitzhak Shefi, and the director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Yuval Rotem.

Rotem stressed to Argentinian journalists that “it was the first time that Israel lost an entire embassy, the first time that we lost four diplomats in a terrorist attack…