Israeli parliamentarians have offered to provide Argentina with intelligence on the 3,000 Syrian refugees being offered humanitarian asylum there, stressing the desire to fight terrorism and address that “country’s security needs and those of its Jewish community.”
“We understand the Argentinean desire to help with the global humanitarian crisis, but it is very important that terrorists don’t use this as a way to enter Argentina,” Israeli lawmaker Haim Jelin (Yesh Atid), who was born in Argentina, told journalists.
Jelim is part of a mission to Argentina of five Israeli lawmakers from the Likud, far-right Bait Yehudi, Yesh Atid and Zionist Union who signed an agreement of cooperation with Argentinian Vice President Gabriela Michetti and Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra on Friday, August 12. According to the Argentinean daily newspaper Clarin “the focus of the agreement is on cooperation against terrorism.”
Michetti, vice president in the administration of arch neo-liberal Mauricio Macri, tweeted a photo of herself with the Israeli lawmakers, announcing that Argentina will “strengthen commercial ties” with Israel. Israel’s recently-appointed ambassador to Argentina, Ilan Sztulman, said that Israel “helps people who escape from the humanitarian crisis in Syria; we treat them in our hospitals; we share the attitude of helping them. But it is important that Argentina do this very carefully, especially because Iranians and Hezbollah are already in Argentina and in the region.”