Wednesday, February 27th 2013 - 06:53 UTC

Argentina/Iran accord could just make it in Wednesday’s vote in the Lower House

The bilateral memorandum of understanding, MOU, between Argentina and Iran to investigate the 1994 AMIA bombing was cleared for debate by the Lower House committees on Tuesday and will be discussed on Wednesday at the floor. Foreign Minister Hector Timerman clashed with opposition lawmakers during his briefing over the case.

Timerman again battled with the opposition and admitted he “will pay a very steep price for sponsoring the MOU”

Lawmakers from the Victory Front majority bloc along with its allies reached the needed 59 signatures. However for Wednesday’s vote in the full house, where the government majority is not certain, it is expected that some lawmakers turned ministers in provincial governments will be taking theirs seats back again.

The Argentine Jewish community AMIA building in downtown Buenos Aires was flattened in a bomb attack on 18 July 1994 killing 85 and injuring hundreds. Argentine prosecutors have indicated a Hezbollah-Iran link in the attack with local accomplices, which Teheran flatly denies.

Timerman left the building after answering the questions of the heads of the parties and listening to the leaders of the Jewish community and families of the attack's victims. Although he had answered to questions made by the opposition, he was expected to go through another session of questions, this time from the members of the committees.

Nevertheless Timerman left the building, action that led to the discontent and shouts of the opposition against him. The majority of the opposition lawmakers left the committee, but the Victory Front had already the number of signatures assured to clear the deal for debate.

Sitting before the Foreign Relations and Judicial and Constitutional Affairs Committee, Timerman was initially addressed by the head of the opposition UCR caucus Ricardo Gil Lavedra, who questioned the minister for “saying this agreement will lead to justice.”

“You can’t say that the interrogation is the first step in the judicial process, because it all ends with the interrogation,” he said, adding that he wanted to know whether during negotiations with Iran, Argentina had discussed “other bilateral affairs.”

Timerman assured that “no other issue had been discussed,” immediately slamming the opposition Radical party for their attempt to sell grains to Iran in the 80s when they were in office.

He later clashed with the PRO caucus leader Federico Pinedo, who asked “why the agreement had been reached on the anniversary of the Holocaust.”

Timerman reacted by urging the lawmaker to “take back what he had said” assuring that was willing to stay in Congress until 2 AM because he had “deeply offended him.”

“It is clear that none of you ever lost anyone in the Holocaust. You keep adding fuel to the fire and keep using the Holocaust politically. You should be ashamed of yourselves,” he yelled.

Later came lawmaker Elisa Carrio’s turn, who harshly criticized Timerman for “giving up on the Jewish and Argentine people.”

“If I were you, I would have resigned before signing this embarrassment,” Carrio said.

After three hours of exposition, Timerman said that he is aware that “he will pay a very steep price for this, and he accepts it, but he believes it’s what’s best for the victims.”

The Argentine government had expressed confidence on reaching quorum regardless of the announced intention by the opposition, which unanimously opposes the potential treaty, to frustrate the session.

Opposition deputies met with AMIA and DAIA Jewish community grouping leaders Guillermo Borger and Julio Schlosser earlier in the week, who also oppose the agreement and have reiterated their mistrust of Iran as a partner, considering that former and current officials of the Middle Eastern country have been accused of involvement in the attack, besides the fact that Teheran denies the holocaust and wants Israel erased from the face of earth.

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1 Anglotino (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 08:55 am Report abuse
Sorry to break it to you Timerman, but Iran doesn't believe the holocaust ever happened!

So go crack the sh!ts at them you moron.
2 toxictaxitrader2 (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 08:57 am Report abuse
A lot of political capital being expended here,there must be a good reason!
What could that be I wonder?
Anyone got any ideas
3 Mendoza Canadian (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 11:14 am Report abuse
With any luck this could mean the end of CFK...
4 Optimus_Princeps (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 12:35 pm Report abuse
@3 I have a feeling that you may be right. The overwhelming stench of corruption and danger is dissipating slightly. More people are turning against her by the day.
5 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 01:11 pm Report abuse
I don't think she speaks in public at all anymore.....not even to open a pig factory. I expect she will tewwet her twits today about the oral arguments on RGs appeal.
6 andy65 (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 01:52 pm Report abuse
What must Isreal be thinking-a fellow Jew selling his soul to the terrorist state of Iran who would like to see Isreal wiped of the earth-nice
7 yankeeboy (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 02:03 pm Report abuse
Anyone think Iran has paid into the CFK retirement fund to get this done?
8 GFace (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 02:05 pm Report abuse
@1. And of course to add to that he bloody well knows that his critics in AR also lost families in the Shoah. Did Timerman pay good money to go to a training workshop to learn how to keep his foot lodged in his mouth 24/7?
9 andy65 (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 02:35 pm Report abuse
“After three hours of exposition, Timerman said that he is aware that “he will pay a very steep price for this, and he accepts it, but he believes it’s what’s best for the victims”

Perhaps a little more thought especially before you open your mouth and not just on this issue
10 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 02:53 pm Report abuse
Israel should send Mosad on his ass.
11 _INTROLLREGNVM_ (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 03:31 pm Report abuse
@ The enemy of my enemies (EU, USA, except Israel), is my friend.
12 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 03:48 pm Report abuse
how original toby

Don't look now but asslips kirchner is about to make enemies with Israel and we all know their philosphy:

Call me a name and I pucnh you in the face
Spit at me and I hiot you with a stick
throw a rock and I fire back with artillary
Fire a gun and I send missles

Israel will have no compunction to fuck argentina up really
13 yankeeboy (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 03:53 pm Report abuse
The shenanigans going on in the Congress to get a quorum would be illegal in a civilized/legitimate country.
It is shameful.
14 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 04:06 pm Report abuse
They are really doing everything in their power to totally destroy rgentina to the point of absolute destruction. By the time to people smell the dying roses, it will be too late. These October mid terms, if they do not show a major change anda deal a blow to kirchner, they will be Cuba on steroids.
15 Conqueror (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 04:08 pm Report abuse
How come Tinpotman “yelled”? Doesn't he have any concept of “dignity”? Oh, of course, I forgot his “performance” in London. All the antics of a petulant child. But then, isn't that what he is? Supposedly, he bought a masters degree in international relations in 1981. A “biopic” of Tinpotman on Wikipedia paints him as a mindless, robotic, CFK “yes man”. And who would argue with that? He mindlessly plods out to mouth the CFK “line”. It's incredibly tempting to call him a “tosser”. But aren't passable “tossers” capable of moving their hands up AND down? More than once? Until something “spurts”. Isn't Tinpotman the classic “erectile dysfunction”? Although his head does look a lot like a “bell-end”. Can argie “bloggers” and “malvinistas” be detected because they resemble, one way or another, “bell-ends”? Desperate attempts to be “effective” but limited to expulsion of smelly, waste air. Time to be sensible. Hammer plugs into any possible “exit” holds. Or just destroy anything worthless!
@11 And you have so many friends! The “latam” states of S.America. Those states on the lists of those defined as “failed”, “rogue”, “terrorist”. After all, shit attracts shit. The good thing is that we all know what and who has to be turned into bloody dust. Argieland, Iran, North Korea, Somalia. Question marks for Afghanistan, Albania, Dem. Rep. Congo, cuba, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zimbabwe.
16 yankeeboy (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 04:27 pm Report abuse
As I keep saying...not a smart people
17 GFace (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 04:49 pm Report abuse
@12 When the US says that Israel will screw you up bad if you do something stupid, one well... takes it as a friend backing up another friend. When PressTV (George Galloway's favorite Iranian mouthpiece) says that Israel will screw you up bad if you do something stupid, one well ... should think they're on to something!
18 toxictaxitrader2 (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 06:25 pm Report abuse
Forget the mindless insults,lets have some intelligent theory's about the underlying reasons for this bizarre political?strategical?economic? move????
19 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 06:45 pm Report abuse
I think it is obvious......Argentina needs to import oil and has no U$ money, despite what they say. Argentina is willing to risk everything and be a packmule whore to Iran for that oil. It's a lose lose situation for both countries. Kirchner runs around believing that that will be no consequences to her actions, because, afterall, what has happened so far.....very little, but that is certain to change.
20 andy65 (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 07:06 pm Report abuse
Captain Poppy, And was probably on the agenda yesterday in London
21 yankeeboy (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 07:19 pm Report abuse
It is not going un-noticed in the USA.
22 andy65 (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 07:27 pm Report abuse
I do not understand why Argentina as special NATO status, that needs pulling right away if Argentina are cosying up with Iran
23 Anbar (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 07:46 pm Report abuse

says it all really

timmerman is CFKs 'attack Chihuahua' ... be afraid, be very afraid....he might bite your ankles if you arent careful.
24 Brit Bob (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 07:50 pm Report abuse
If Cristina married Ahmadinejad and they had a child what would they call it?
25 LEPRecon (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 08:21 pm Report abuse
@24 -Brit Bob

“If Cristina married Ahmadinejad and they had a child what would they call it?”

26 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 09:05 pm Report abuse
Andy65 I could not agree with you more. It is one thing to play trade games, it is entirely a different beast to feed a potential nuclear menance like Iran. She is going to bed with Iran and will walk away with a case of thy political syphillis in which there is no care. The level of damage Argentina is about to do to there own country men and women have never been seen. Poor bastards......they need to overthrow her.
27 toxictaxitrader2 (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 10:08 pm Report abuse
Thanks for your thoughts guys,very interesting not entirely convinced but if she earns the enmity of the USA,THEY ARE BASICALLY F!CKED
28 Musky (#) Feb 27th, 2013 - 10:20 pm Report abuse
@25 LEPRecon
The answer is obviously Damian!
29 Faulconbridge (#) Feb 28th, 2013 - 05:23 am Report abuse
“If Cristina married Ahmadinejad and they had a child what would they call it?”

Whatf Cristina didn't marry Ahmadinejad and they had a child. what would they call it?
30 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 28th, 2013 - 11:11 am Report abuse
An Effing Bastard

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