Argentinean President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner made some troubling remarks on Sunday about Israel and the recent controversy over the bombing of a Jewish community center in 1994. The Guardian reports:
The bombing had become a “chessboard of national and international politics”, she said.In particular, she took aim at Israel, saying the country had shown tremendous interest in getting justice for the community centre bombing but not in the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, which killed 29. […]In January 2014, Itzhak Aviran, the former Israeli ambassador to Argentina, reportedly told a Jewish news agency that “most of the guilty (for the attacks) are in the other world and we did that”. The comments were immediately denied by the Israeli government. […]On Sunday, Fernandez said she would formally request that Israel send Aviran to Argentina to testify so “Argentinians can at least know the perpetrators” of the 1992 and 1994 attacks.
The conspiracy theory that Kirchner is spinning here is a little hard to interpret, but if she’s not quite accusing Israel of being behind the bombings, she’s clearly alleging its involvement in a coverup designed to damage her government. This isn’t the first time she’s put forth bizarre theories about Jews, either; in 2013 she accused the head of Buenos Aires’s Jewish community of being in contact with a “foreign espionage agency that knows of a new terror attack planned against Argentina.”Argentina’s President has been flailing ever since the prosecutor looking into the case of the community center bombing, Alberto Nisman, was found dead in his home, along with a warrant for Kirchner’s arrest. And she’s also trying to distract attention from her other political troubles, which are enormous: there’s her chronic mismanagement of the Argentinian economy, her failure to maintain diplomatic relations with key allies (some of whom have memorably termed Argentinian foreign policy the “diplomacy of default”), and her alleged history of corruption.If patriotism is the refuge of scoundrels, anti-Semitism is the refuge of failures. Kirchner’s government fits the bill, and how.