The commemorative event was held at the Israel Embassy Square, which was built on the same grounds that housed the old embassy in the Argentine capital. Local leaders were in attendance, as well as family members of the attack's victims.
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Ayalon noted during the ceremony that those who are responsible for the embassy attack, as well as a blast that targeted a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in 1994, remain uncaught, warning that they could be "plotting their next attack."
In his speech, the Foreign Ministry official pointed a blaming finger at Iran, but asserted that the perpetrators of the attack failed to open a rift between Buenos Aires and Jerusalem. He asserted that that the attacks forged a pact between Israel and Argentina to fight "the Iranian and global terrorism."
He identified Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi has one of the individuals responsible for the attacks two decades ago.
Ayalon brought up the recent bombings and terror plots in India, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Thailand, stressing that “Iran is the main responsible” for the attacks. The diplomat accused the Islamic Republic of intentionally targeting Israeli diplomats, thus undermining the primary means of peaceful conflict resolution.
Addressing Iran's disputed nuclear program, Ayalon said that the Tehran is seeking to achieve a Mideast hegemony by developing atom weapons. He posited that a nuclear Iran could completely alter the region's strategic map.
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