Argentina's Foreign Minister Hector Timerman. (AP/Moises Castillo) (AP/Moises Castillo)
Hector Timerman

While Timerman promoted the Iran nuclear deal as a way to reach the truth behind the unsolved 1997 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish Center, many have criticized the deal.

Argentina’s foreign minister on Tuesday quit his membership in a leading Jewish organization targeted by a deadly bombing in 1994.

Hector Timerman announced his decision in a letter to the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association, criticizing its leaders for blocking a deal with Iran to jointly probe the country’s worst terrorist attack.

“I resign as member of an organization that we were once proud of but now puts us to shame,” Timerman said.

Days before he was found dead on January 18, Alberto Nisman, the chief prosecutor investigating the case, accused President Cristina Fernandez and Timerman of helping shield the Iranian officials allegedly behind the bombing.

Former Iranian officials have been on an Interpol capture list for years, but Argentine prosecutors have never been able to question them. Timerman promoted the 2013 accord with Iran as a way to reach the truth behind the unsolved bombing. AMIA and some other groups have criticized the deal, saying Tehran has failed to cooperate and turn over suspects in the bombing that killed 85 people.

The joint “truth commission” was approved by Congress but it has not been implemented because two Argentine courts ruled it unconstitutional, and it is now under review.

Argentina’s justice system has dismissed the accusations. Iran has denied any role in the attack.

By: AP and United with Israel Staff