Israel is shocked — shocked, I tell you! — that Argentina and Iran have agreed to form a “truth commission” to investigate the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association (AMIA), which killed 86 people and injured 300, which Iran has been accused of sponsoring.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor said Israel had “warned” Argentina “not to fall into the trap that the Iranians will set up for them” — a trap, I tell you! — and that Israel was “stunned” — stunned! — by this development.
The “trap” is that the commission might find that the accusation of Iranian involvement is completely unfounded, since there is no evidence whatsoever of Iranian direction or sponsorship of the bombing. None. At all. Zero. Zip. Nada. As the great Gareth Porter detailed in an article for The Nation in February 2008,
After spending several months interviewing officials at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires familiar with the Argentine investigation, the head of the FBI team that assisted it and the most knowledgeable independent Argentine investigator of the case, I found that no real evidence has ever been found to implicate Iran in the bombing.
The case against Iran “lacked credible forensic or eyewitness evidence and relied heavily on dubious intelligence and a discredited defector’s testimony”. As Gareth concluded, “the US insistence on pinning that crime on Iran in order to isolate the Tehran regime, even though it had no evidence to support that accusation, is a perfect definition of cynical creation of an accusation in the service of power interests.”