On behalf of the American Jewish Congress, I want to extend my warm appreciation to Mauricio Macri, the President of Argentina, for officially recognizing Hezbollah as a terror organization. This is a significant step for Argentina and especially its Jewish community, and shows great leadership by President Macri in Latin America and around the world.
Last week, I had the honor of meeting with President Macri in Buenos Aires, where we discussed this issue in addition to other important matters. I have known President Macri for several years, since I invited him to the International Mayors Conference in Israel when he was Mayor of Buenos Aires. In that time, he has always shown himself to be a forward-thinking world leader, a true friend of the Jewish people in Argentina and abroad, and a strong ally of Israel. With this decision, he cements that characterization and more.
The decision also places Argentina in line with the United States, Germany, and other countries that recognize Hezbollah for what it really is. Recognizing terrorism is the first step toward fighting it; when prominent nations see the truth about the activities of Hezbollah and Iran, it benefits U.S. security interests in the Middle East, strengthens the security of the State of Israel and its neighbors, and aids the stability of the region as a whole.
Hezbollah is also responsible for terror attacks around the world. In 1992, Hezbollah launched a deadly suicide bombing against the Embassy of Israel in Argentina; and in 1994, Hezbollah was responsible for the AMIA bombing, the deadliest terror attack in Argentina's history. These horrific events hold painful memories for Argentina's Jewish community. President Macri and I both believe this decision will provide some measure of peace to the community by recognizing Hezbollah for what it really is.
I commend President Macri on this courageous decision and look forward to continuing our meaningful dialogue. President Macri is a good friend of Israel and the Jewish people, and I am fortunate to call him my friend as well.
American Jewish Congress