Israel praises Argentina grounding plane with Iranian crew

TEL AVIV, 18 June 2022, (TON): Israel has praised Argentina for holding a Venezuelan plane that included Iranian crew, saying the flight shows Tehran is trying to expand its influence in South America.

Washington also made clear it is keeping close tabs on the investigation into the Boeing 747, which was loaded with automotive parts and raised questions because its 19 crew members is an unusually large number for a cargo plane.

In a statement, the Israeli Embassy commended the fast action by Argentine authorities who identified in real time the potential threat posed by the aircraft, which has been grounded at Argentina’s main airport outside Buenos Aires since June 6.

The embassy said “Israel is particularly worried about Iranian airlines that are dedicated to arms trafficking and the transfer of people and equipment for the Quds Force, which are under sanctions by the United States for being involved in terrorist activities.”

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