“He devoted his life to the fight for Justice and Truth, to discover those responsible for the attack on the AMIA building,” can be read on the engraved stone, located in the ben shemen national park, next to the monoliths that commemorate those who died in the attacks on the Israeli embassy, that March 17, 1992, and the Jewish mutual, on July 18, 1994.
The deceased prosecutor Alberto Nisman It has had, for three years, that memorial monument in the very center of Israel, promoted by the Jewish National Fund (Keren Kayemet, in Hebrew) and the Argentine Jewish entities. Beyond the passage of time and the restraint imposed by the legal case that is still being processed in the Argentine courts, There is an unalterable certainty in the Jewish State: it was not a suicide, as a sector of the government of Cristina Kirchner proposed from the beginning., and his violent death was caused by the investigation he was carrying out, linked to the controversial pact between that Kirchner administration and Iran, the so-called Memorandum of understanding, which ultimately never came to be applied.
“The Nisman case is not something that people in general know well in Israel. But the most common idea among those who deal with the subject is that his death is related to Iran and clearly it was not a suicide”, confesses a high official source linked to Israel who prefers to remain anonymous. It is not, by the way, about an individual desire to remain in the shadows: the official position of the Israeli Foreign Ministry is that Nisman’s death “is a matter of Argentine Justice”, beyond the fact that Israel, as a State and according to was able to verify THE NATION, has preferred, even without an official hypothesis, the discreet political and diplomatic steps, and ruled out the judicial route to know, first-hand, how and why Nisman died in his apartment in Puerto Madero, seven years ago.
In June 2020, Israeli public opinion was shocked by the television appearance in Israel of the former Mossad agent Uzi Shaya, who said that he gave Nisman information linked to “Iranian funds that reached Argentine officials” that could have had something to do with his death, one day before presenting the report of his unit, UFI-AMIA, in Congress. Report that denounced a pact of “impunity in exchange for business” for the Iranians accused by the Argentine Justice of having planned the attack on the community headquarters on Pasteur Street.
As in Argentina, in Israel opinions remain divided on the veracity of the statements made by Shaya, who worked in the security sector of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires two decades ago. “I trust him, what he said may be true,” says an old acquaintance of the former spy, while another reference expresses his mistrust of Shaya, whom the prosecutor Edward Taiano unsuccessfully tried to quote after the program, hosted by the Argentine-Israeli Stick to the Advertisement.
Beyond the official silence, there are conflicting versions in Israel about the motives for the alleged assassination, some of them centered on Venezuela and Iran. “On January 13, 2007, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made one of his many visits to (Hugo Chavez in Caracas and, as several Iranian deserters revealed, on that occasion he asked Chavez to intervene with Argentina to put an end to Nisman’s accusations. In exchange for it, all the gold in the world”, he told THE NATION Gustavo Perednik, writer, philosopher and personal friend of Nisman.
Para Perednik, author de “To die for Argentina”, the connections of Chavismo with the leadership of Kirchnerism could have been the beginning of some action to end the life of the prosecutor. “(Caesar) Milani was put in charge of a stage set-up operation and (Sergio) Berni He backed her politically. Who exactly executed him is difficult to determine, but they are probably the ones who had been threatening him for quite some time,” concludes Perednik, who has few doubts about the end of the life of the prosecutor in the AMIA case.
“That Iran is behind the two major attacks that have taken place in the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires and in the AMIA is indisputable, I am sure that Mr. Nisman was very close in that investigation and I cannot rule out that Iran was the one who caused his attack. tragic death,” Israel’s then-Prime Minister told CNN in September 2017, Benjamin Netanyahu. Nothing, so far, indicates that the current coalition government, led by Naftali BennetHave another opinion about it.
“Iran shouldn’t have been, what Tehran wanted was for Argentina to play through a memorandum. In fact, those responsible for the attack as Mohsen Rezai (he was this week at the inauguration of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua) they will never come to the country to testify,” said another Israeli source with knowledge of the legal case and the political framework.
Next March 17, An important delegation from the Israeli government will visit Buenos Aires to participate in the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the attack on the Israeli embassy. As in the tributes that these days will be held in different parts of the world, the ghost of the violent death of the prosecutor who was investigating the attack will undoubtedly hover over this renewed search for Justice.