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Israeli delegation heads to Argentina to mark embassy bombing

A memorial to the victims of 1992's Israeli embassy bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Wikipedia/Public Domain)
A memorial to the victims of 1992’s Israeli embassy bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Wikipedia/Public Domain)

Senior members of the Foreign Ministry made their way to Buenos Aires on Wednesday evening for a series of events commemorating the 25th anniversary of a deadly terror attack on the Israeli embassy there.

Foreign Ministry director-general Yuval Rotem and Modi Ephraim, the deputy director-general for Latin America, are leading the Israeli delegation, which also includes family members of Israelis killed in the 1992 attack. They are scheduled to meet with senior politicians, including President Mauricio Macri and Buenos Aires Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.

“We remember our fallen colleagues as well as the local employees who lost their lives in this Iran-instigated terror attack,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon told The Times of Israel this week. “We come to Argentina to pay our respect together with important personalities in the Argentinean government and the Argentinean Jewish community.”

On March 17, 1992, a suicide bomber killed 29 and wounded hundreds in front of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, in what still is the deadliest attack on an Israeli diplomatic mission. A group with ties to Iran and the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah took responsibility for the bombing.

Plaza Embajada de Israel in Buenos Aires, the site of Israel's former embassy to Argentina (Ilan Ben Zion/Times of Israel staff)
Plaza Embajada de Israel in Buenos Aires, the site of Israel’s former embassy to Argentina (Ilan Ben Zion/Times of Israel)

“The memory of those terrible days in Argentina is etched on our hearts, the images never fading from our minds,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week during a memorial event at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem.

“I am sure that you all remember the moment when the news about the attack on the embassy reached us in Israel. A bridge stretched thousands of kilometers between Jerusalem and Buenos Aires, a bridge which connected us in our joint destiny, our anguish, empathy, solidarity and clarity.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Foreign Ministry on the 25th anniversary of the Buenos Aires embassy bombing, on March 6, 2017. (Koby Gideon/PMO)

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