Today U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, commented on the 19th anniversary of the 1994 attack by Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah, on the Argentina Jewish Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina,. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"Almost two decades ago, Iran, through the coordinated efforts of its embassy and its proxy Hezbollah, attacked the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires and the lives of 85 men, women and children, and left over 300 wounded. My heart and prayers go out to the victims' family members who have had to suffer this grave injustice and I support their efforts to hold those responsible accountable.
"As we mark this anniversary, we are reminded of the danger that the Iranian regime presents not only through its nuclear program, but also through its unrelenting efforts to export its violent extremism into our own Hemisphere. These nefarious intentions were confirmed in a 500-page indictment published in May by Argentina's Special Prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, which details evidence of Iran's terrorism activity in various Latin American nations, showing that the AMIA bombing was not an isolated event. This terrorist attack was part of a larger scheme by the Iranian regime to expand its influence and represents a real threat to our national security interests and to regional security.
"The AMIA attack further reminds us of the lengths to which Iran and its proxies are ready, willing, and able to cause destruction and to wantonly disregard human life. I intend to convene a hearing at the end of the month to further investigate the threats posed by the Iranian regime in Latin America."