Iran and its Quds Force, part of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards, have been accused of supporting this plot using hit men from a Mexican drug cartel, Los Zetas. The plot also included plans to bomb the Israeli Embassy in Washington and the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Argentina, according to reports in The New York Times.
“Iran must be held accountable for these actions which represent a blatant disregard for international law,” said B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs. “We are grateful to U.S. authorities for thwarting what could have been a major act of terror on our shores.”
Two Iranians have been charged, one of whom, a U.S. citizen, was arrested in New York. The other suspect remains at large. Both have direct links to the Revolutionary Guards.
This news comes only weeks after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attended the U.N. General Assembly, showcasing his repudiation of international norms of behavior. At the commemoration session of the biased 2001 World Racism Conference in Durban, South Africa, the Iranian foreign minister spoke of a “racist Zionist regime” in Israel, evoking age-old anti-Israel and anti-Zionist expressions. Recently, Iran also claimed it planned to move its naval vessels from the Persian Gulf to the Atlantic Ocean near the United States.
“We must remain vigilant and prevent any Iranian threat to the United States and Israel,” said B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin. “These actions should only strengthen our resolve to pass additional sanctions to prevent the radical regime from developing any nuclear-weapons capabilities. With this plot, Iran—the largest and most-active state-sponsor of terrorism around the world—has once again demonstrated its disregard for human life.”
Iran is widely believed to have perpetrated the 1994 bombing of the Argentina-Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) building in Buenos Aires. The blast killed 85 and wounded 300. That attack was Iran’s second on the heart of Latin America’s largest Jewish community. Officials have also concluded that Iran was responsible for the 1992 truck bomb attack on Israel’s embassy in Buenos Aires that killed 29 and wounded 242.