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Interview with the future Argentine ambassador in Israel: “Despite the adverse conditions, Israel is one of the most advanced countries in the world”

AJN Agency.- In an exclusive interview with the AJN Agency, Mariano Caucino referred to his expectations as future ambassador, to the possible visit of Mauricio Macri to Israel and gave his opinion on the relations between both countries, the AMIA case and the death of Nisman.

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AJN Agency.- The new Argentine ambassador to Israel, Mariano Caucino, said in an interview with AJN Agency that despite the “adverse conditions”, Israel “has achieved an admirable level of development and is one of the most advanced countries in the world”.

Mariano Caucino was born in Buenos Aires in 1976. He is a lawyer graduated from the UBA and founder and director of the School of Government of the UCES. In addition, he is a professor of Argentine Political History and Foreign Policy and a member of the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI). In 2016 he was named Argentine ambassador in Costa Rica.

The new diplomat will replace Carlos Faustino García, who has been in office since August 2011.

In the interview, he referred to the frequent attacks that were perpetrated in the world and stressed that “the Argentine government has expressed its absolute rejection of all forms of violence and these criminal acts against human dignity.”

Also, regarding the AMIA case and the investigation of the death of the prosecutor Alberto Nisman, he stressed that “the Government will not interfere with the Justice or influence so that the causes go to one side or the other”.

He also evaluated the relations between both countries and the possible visit of Mauricio Macri to Israel.

-What is your expectation for the role of ambassador that you will assume soon?
-An ambassador is the representative of the Argentine State, the Argentine government and the Argentine people. Therefore, the mission i have is to carry the message of friendship and respect for a country for which Argentina feels admiration and with which we share values. They are respect for human dignity, human rights and the promotion of those values. On the other hand, also the recognition of a country that in adverse conditions, even from the geographical and historical point of view, has achieved an admirable level of development and is one of the most advanced countries in the world.

-Netanyahu highlighted the importance of Latin America for Israel. What does it mean for you to take part in this new stage in diplomatic relations?
-We see with great joy that situation. A few days ago, at a conference given by Prime Minister Netanyahu in London, he said it was the first time that an Israeli leader traveled to the southern United States. That implies a great openness and it is a personal effort of a leader like him to make a trip of such magnitude, of such length, visiting both Argentina and other countries in the region. This gives a boost and recognition to the Jewish communities that exist in our countries and to the friendship that exists between our peoples. We see it with great expectation. It is a great opportunity and we hope that it will be reinforced with visits from both sides and that Latin America will be an important scenario for the deployment and international projection of a country like Israel.

-What is your opinion about the large number of attacks that have been provoking in recent times, many of them in Europe?
-On the attacks that took place in Europe, the US and other countries of the Middle East, as in Turkey, recently and often unfortunately, the Argentine government has expressed its absolute rejection of all forms of violence and these criminal acts against dignity human I hope that each of the countries and the international community can find the guilty, judge them, condemn them and try to prevent these situations from happening again. Unfortunately, we know that terrorism is something that exists and that unfortunately is not over or will end quickly. Argentina, moreover, is a country that has suffered in the flesh two terrible attacks against the Argentine people, in the first place, and against Israeli institutions, which constitute attacks against humanity. They were held in Buenos Aires but they are still part of a wave of very serious attacks that have taken place in the world in recent decades. To which we must add this new trend that there are attacks carried out almost individually and with a low cost in the operative. This makes prevention very difficult, because they practically act with very low cost, with high impact and danger, as demonstrated in the last attack that took place last week in New York, which unfortunately killed eight people and of which five oh them were Argentines.

-In the first meeting between Netanyahu and Macri in Davos, there was a strong commitment to work together in the clarification of the attacks and the death of Nisman. What is your reflection on this?
-The Government, as stated by Macri in Davos in January 2016, has the vocation to let the Justice act, investigate, clarify the cases in the shortest time possible and that those responsible be found, tried and convicted. Both the material authors and the intellectuals of those events, both in their local manifestations – that is, in Argentina – or in other countries. I know that the Government will not interfere with Justice or influence so that the causes go one way or the other. Unfortunately that happened in the past and they are painful, negative stages. The learning of Argentina has to be not repeat it. The Argentine government’s commitment is to allow the Justice to act in the resolution of those three cases that shocked Argentina, which damaged the international reputation of Argentina and that especially harmed the image of the country in what happened next. Because ultimately, the attacks are part of a tragedy that exists in the current world of violence. That of course you have to try to avoid it and fight it. But once they occur, and regrettably more and more often even in highly developed and secure countries such as the United States, what is additionally serious is the lack of judicial resolution and interference in the same.

-Netanyahu expressed interest that Macri visit Israel. Do you think that this visit will be possible in 2018?
-It is a will, but it does not have a date yet. We will work on being able to do it as soon as possible. Hopefully it is possible in 2018.

– What expectations do you have in the commercial exchange that can be generated between Argentina and Israel?
-The vocation of the Argentine government is to promote commercial relations and ensure that Argentine products are more present throughout the world. And also regarding the export of services. In that the Government has a permanent vocation and the ambassadors have the instruction to do, so i tried to do it in Costa Rica and I will do it without any doubt in Israel.

-Did you previously visit Israel?
-I went to Israel in 2011, on a trip with a group of university authorities. We visited the Ben-Gurion University, in a geographically complicated area, but where an extraordinary technological advance had been achieved. It really impacted me. Afterwards we visited Tel Aviv, Jeruslaem and also visited the south of the country, Eilat. It was a trip that I always remember as one of the most interesting that I did.

– What is the message for the Argentines who live in Israel a few days of traveling there?
-To the community of Argentines in Israel, of course, i express my interest in making contact with them as soon as possible. I do not know exactly the date on which i will travel, it will be in the coming months, and it will be a pleasure to meet with the Argentine communities while abroad. It has an additional feeling to meet the people of your country abroad. It has happened to me in Costa Rica and I am sure we will feel the same feeling in Israel. And maybe even more, because it is a more distant country geographically. When you meet Argentines far away, that feeling emerges and is an almost immediate friendship.

– Shortly after the 70th anniversary of the Independence of Israel. What does it mean to participate in this event?
-It is a very happy coincidence for me to be present at that moment. It is going to be an event with characteristics of reaffirmation of the will and commitment of the international community in recognition of the rights of the Jewish people to finally have a State, after an endless struggle and demand for that reality that exists today. It is a source of pride for the whole of humanity to see how a people have that will to be, to exist and to live in respect and harmony with others. I think it exceeds that situation for Israel and the Jewish people. I think it is a manifestation of the best of humanity.

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Alberto Fernández: “Israel trabajó muy bien” contra el coronavirus

Agencia AJN.- El presidente argentino contó detalles sobre la extensa conversación que mantuvo ayer con el primer ministro israelí y resaltó que intercambiaron visiones sobre la lucha contra el COVID-19.

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Agencia AJN.- Luego de una conversación telefónica que mantuvo ayer con el primer ministro Benjamín Netanyahu, el presidente argentino, Alberto Fernández, destacó que “cuando uno mira los resultados de Israel, se ve que trabajó muy bien” para contener la pandemia del coronavirus.

Fernández llamó al líder israelí para felicitarlo por haber podido conformar un gobierno de unidad, pero además dialogaron sobre la lucha contra el COVID-19.

“Tuve una charla larga con Netanyahu. Él me habló de que veía muy interesado lo que habíamos hecho en Argentina, cómo habíamos logrado controlar el coronavirus, y yo le conté que también seguía la experiencia de Israel”, destacó el jefe de Estado argentino en una entrevista con el periodista Juan Amorín de C5N.

“Yo me doy cuenta de que no todos los líderes comprenden cabalmente el riesgo de la pandemia. Él (Netanyahu) me hablaba de que si bien ahora sentía que la situación más o menos la había contenido, su mayor temor era que viniera una segunda ola, como pasó con la gripe española”, subrayó Fernández.

“Yo lo escuchaba a Netanyahu, que está tan lejos de la Argentina, y notaba cómo él ya estaba visualizando un riesgo que muchos de nosotros quizás dejamos de sentir. El riesgo está muy cerca”, agregó.

Además, resaltó el hecho de que “Israel tuvo pocos muertos y cuando uno mira los resultados se ve que trabajó muy bien”.

Ambos líderes mantienen una buena relación desde el viaje del mandatario argentino a Israel para participar en el Foro Mundial del Holocausto, realizado en enero de este año. Fue la primera visita oficial de Fernández como presidente, tras asumir en diciembre de 2019.

En aquella ocasión, el presidente argentino junto a la primera dama Fabiola Yáñez mantuvieron una cena con Netanyahu, en su residencia en Jerusalem.

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Argentina. La AMIA repudió “enérgicamente” el casamiento judío realizado pese a la cuarentena por el COVID-19

Agencia AJN.- “Ante los hechos de público conocimiento relacionados con la violación del aislamiento social, preventivo y obligatorio que rige en nuestro país, AMIA repudia enérgicamente lo sucedido”, transmitió la AMIA en un comunicado.

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Agencia AJN.- La Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) repudió “enérgicamente” la decisión de dos familias judías ortodoxas que celebraron un casamiento clandestino con la presencia de unos 150 invitados, pese a las normas de distanciamiento social y la prohibición de realizar reuniones en espacios cerrados establecidas por la pandemia del COVID-19

En un comunicado de prensa, el centro comunitario dejó en claro que “no ha avalado ninguna ceremonia religiosa desde que se inició la pandemia”.

“Ante los hechos de público conocimiento relacionados con la violación del aislamiento social, preventivo y obligatorio que rige en nuestro país, AMIA repudia enérgicamente lo sucedido”, enfatizó la entidad.

En este contexto, la AMIA indicó que “ningún evento de estas características puede ser realizado, atento al decreto que se publicó en el Boletín Oficial el 19 de marzo pasado”, en referencia a las medidas dispuestas por el gobierno nacional para frenar los contagios por coronavirus.

“El cuidado de la salud y el respeto por las normas que se establecieron deben ser la prioridad absoluta de la sociedad en su conjunto”, transmitió la AMIA en su mensaje.

Asimismo, la institución comunitaria remarcó que “bajo ninguna circunstancia puede ponerse en riesgo la vida propia y la de los demás”.

“Las violaciones a la cuarentena que se han registrado no se condicen con la actitud de total responsabilidad que la mayoría de la comunidad judía organizada está implementando desde el inicio de la pandemia”, indicó en el comunicado.

La AMIA subrayó que “hoy más que nunca las medidas dictadas por las autoridades sanitarias tienen que extremarse en pos de cuidar la salud de todos”. “Proteger la vida propia y la de nuestros prójimos es un mandato que no puede ser desobedecido ni ignorado”, expresó.

Al repudio también se sumó el rabino Tzvi Grunblatt, director general de Jabad Lubavitch Argentina, quien rechazó la iniciativa.

Por su parte, el rabino Yosef Feigelstock, referente de Jabad Lubavitch Argentina, también hizo publica una carta en la que dio cuenta que “hay miembros de nuestra comunidad que participaron de un casamiento con muchos invitados sin guardar la distancia social y sin barbijos ni máscaras de protección”.

“Primero, esto es un gran isur (prohibición), y va en contra de los mandamentos de la Torah, y este mandamento es más importante que los 610 mandamientos, y para cumplir este mandamento, se anulan los 610 mandamientos”, sostuvo el religioso.

El rabino subrayó que “está prohibido participar en esos casamientos, minianim o reuniones” y señaló que “en la comunidad en la que se llevó a cabo el casamiento hay enfermos, y también hay quien ya descansa en el Bet Hajaim por esta enfermedad”.

La polémica se originó ayer luego que trascendiera que dos familias judías ortodoxas celebraron un casamiento clandestino, violando las normas de distanciamiento social y la prohibición de realizar reuniones en espacios cerrados pese a la cuarentena dispuesta por las autoridades que se extenderá en principio hasta el 7 de junio.

El evento se realizó en el salón de un edificio ubicado en el barrio porteño de Once, reconocido por albergar a gran parte de la población judía ortodoxa de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

La indignación fue aún mayor cuando se divulgaron imágenes de la reunión, en las que se puede ver a un número elevado de personas en un espacio pequeño, donde nadie usaba barbijo ni respetaba la distancia de dos metros requerida.

Incluso uno de los videos difundidos muestra a los participantes dándose besos y abrazos. Tras la difusión de lo ocurrido, diversos rabinos de la comunidad judía argentina expresaron su preocupación y su sorpresa, y aseguraron estar analizando los hechos en detalle.

La Argentina registra un total de 12.628 casos positivos de coronavirus, con 471 muertos y 4.167 personas recuperadas.

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