Israel’s Knesset Nov. 29 unanimously approved a resolution demanding that Argentina extradite those military officers involved in mass killings during the country’s 1976-1983 military dictatorship so that they can be put on trial. MK Yossi Sarid (Meretz) proposed the move, saying that it was a “hypocritical discussion since all the facts have long been known and the government of Israel never once lifted a finger and cooperated with the Argentine murders because of their interest in arms deals.”
The resolution follows reports that 40 former officers of the military junta were arrested in Argentina on that day on the orders of President Nestor Kirchner, who said that he is prepared to extradite them to Spain.
The Knesset also called for mass graves to be opened to identify Jewish victims of the dictatorship and bring them for burial to Israel. (Ha’aretz, Nov. 30)