This week, I had the pleasure of meeting in Buenos Aires with my good friend President Mauricio Macri of Argentina. Several years ago, when he was Mayor of Buenos Aires and a rising star in Argentine politics, I welcomed Mauricio to Israel as part of our International Mayors Conference, and I have hosted him at my house before. He demonstrated then, as he does now, that he is a true friend of the Jewish community in Argentina. He has led by example when it comes to building new bridges between Latin America and the Jewish people.
President Macri and I engaged in a discussion on many important topics, but there was one that especially stood out. I urged President Macri to designate Hezbollah as a terror organization. By doing this, he would join Argentina with Germany, the United States, and other nations that recognize the dangers this violent radical organization--which is backed by Iran--poses to the world.
This action would be especially meaningful because of the painful history of Hezbollah and the Argentinian Jewish community. On July 18, 1994, Hezbollah was responsible for the bombing attack on the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA). The bombing, directed at Israelis and Argentinian Jews, killed 85 people and injured hundreds more. To date, it is the deadliest terror attack ever to take place in Argentina.
I am sure President Macri’s decision would be welcomed by Argentina’s Jewish community, the international Jewish community, and all others who choose peace and tolerance worldwide. I am proud to call President Macri a friend, and I look forward to our continued partnership.
American Jewish Congress