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Timerman Says ‘Humanistic Judaism’ Inspired Him to Sign with Iran

By: JTA

Argentinean  foreign minister Hector Timerman insisted on Monday that not only did he not betray his Judaism by signing an accord with Iran but also it was his Judaism that prompted him to do so.

“I did not betray my Judaism in the pact with Iran because we are trying to solve the AMIA bombing case,” Timerman said during an interview with La Red radio. “The move was inspired by the deep humanistic tradition of Judaism and thinking always about the victims and the relatives of the victims.”

Interviewer Luis Novaresio asked Timerman how he could sign the deal with Iran, a country whose president has denied the Holocaust. The deal established a “truth commission” that allows independent judges to interview suspects in the bombing of the Buenos Jewish community center in 1994.

“I did not meet with the Iranians to discuss the Holocaust; I was with them to solve the AMIA case,” Timerman responded. “If I will have the opportunity to talk with them about the Holocaust, they will know what my opinion is.”

Timerman defended the dialogue with Iran and criticized the Israeli position on the issue.

“There are some sectors in Israel that are very close to the government; they do not want any dialogue. They want a military solution to the Iranian problem, and Argentina doesn’t believe in that,” he said.

The Argentinean Upper House is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to ratify the memorandum of understanding with Iran, followed by the Lower House six days later. Timerman will visit the Lower House next Tuesday, a day before the final vote to defend the agreement signed last month.

An Israeli demonstration against the pact is scheduled for Friday in front of the Argentinean embassy in Herzliya, next to Tel Aviv.

Last Friday, 300 people attended a protest rally against Argentina-Iran cooperation in investigating the AMIA bombing, which killed 95 and injured hundreds. No one has been tried in the case.

“We ask Argentine society’s forgiveness for wasting a great privilege that democracy gave us,” Sergio Bergman, a lawmaker and Reform rabbi, said in a speech at the rally.

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2 Responses to “Timerman Says ‘Humanistic Judaism’ Inspired Him to Sign with Iran”

  1. Excuse me but how does Humanistic Judaism whose basic premise is that there is no God, have anything to do with Timerman's decision? It is also revealing that he says Argentina does not believe in a military solution. What does Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with his rush to build a nuclear weapon believe in?

    Jerome S Kaufman.

  2. Excuse me but how does Humanistic Judaism whose basic premise is that there is no God, have anything to do with Timerman's decision? It is also revealing that he says Argentina does not believe in a military solution. What does Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with his rush to build a nuclear weapon believe in?

    Jerome S Kaufman.

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