U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, commented today on the 18th anniversary of the attack on the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"Today marks 18 years since Iran's proxy Hezbollah carried out an attack on a Jewish community center in Argentina. As we remember those lost, we are also mindful that various brands of extremists and outlaws continue to expand their operations throughout the region.
"The Iranian regime's extensive involvement in nefarious activities in the Western Hemisphere is not limited to AMIA. Iran has continued to bolster its ties with like-minded tyrants in the region, as its proxy Hezbollah continues to expand its regional presence, and as drug traffickers and extremist groups increasingly help one another in their illicit operations.
"The U.S. cannot ignore the many faces of the extremist threat in the Western Hemisphere. I would also like to thank Alberto Nisman, the Special Prosecutor for AMIA in Argentina, for his continued commitment to prosecuting those accountable."
NOTE: Ros-Lehtinen is the author of H.R. 6067, the Western Hemisphere Security Cooperation Act of 2012. The bill seeks to address the growing threat posed by Iran, its proxies, and other extremists in the region. It also urges the Department of State to establish a Western Hemisphere Regional Coordination Center with participating allied countries in the region to manage efforts, capacity, and intelligence information to efficiently fight drug traffickers and monitor extremist and other illicit activities. The bill also encourages the creation of an agreement to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons throughout the Western Hemisphere.