Israel seeks Argentine clarifications over attacks

A report says Argentina proposed to Iran to stop probing two 1990s bombings.

Last Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 10:30 AM IST

Jerusalem: An official says Israel wants clarifications from Argentina over a report it offered Iran a deal: It would stop investigating bombings on Jewish centres there in exchange for better trade ties.

The Argentine paper Perfil quoted a leaked Iranian cable.

Eighty-five people were killed and 200 injured when a bomb exploded outside a Jewish community centre in 1994.

The centre was a symbol for Argentina`s Jewish population of more than 200,000.

Two years earlier, a bomb flattened Israel`s embassy in Buenos Aires, killing 29 people.

Iran was widely blamed for the attacks.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said on Sunday he is waiting for official Argentine comment. "If this is true, then it would be a display of infinite cynicism and a dishonour to the dead." he said.

Bureau Report