A diplomatic cable from the U.S. Embassy in Santiago to the State Department in Washington, dated July 21, 2008, said Chile and Israel both expressed concern about growing ties as well as a potential Iranian presence on the border with Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, Haaretz reported Monday.
The cable said Col. Yoeli Or, the Israeli military attache in Chile, had informed his American counterpart of Israel's activities.
Or said "that he works with Chile's Investigative Police and 'other agencies' (presumably Chile's Intelligence Agency), sharing information, and providing training when possible," the cable reported.
The diplomatic cable also reported Or had suggested Israel do more to widen its trade ties with Latin America "to help balance Iran's expanding influence in the region."
Or reportedly told the American diplomat who wrote the cable Israel was concerned about increased Iranian activities in Latin America, with more than 50 Iranians in Colombia holding diplomatic passports.