Argentina recently witnessed a historic presidential election where Sergio Massa from the Peronist party and Javier Milei from the Libertarian Liberal party contested. Milei emerged victorious with a 55.69% majority, promising changes to the country’s foreign relations, breaking ties with certain states, and fostering closer relations with Israel and the United States. He expressed admiration for Israeli culture and people, declared support for Israel’s right to self-defense, and even contemplated converting to Judaism.
Milei’s victory marks a paradigm shift for Argentina’s Jewish community, as it signifies a departure from previous governments’ policies towards Israel and Iran. Emphasizing his desire to strengthen the country’s ties with Israel and the United States, Milei plans to travel to both countries before assuming office. The Israeli Ambassador to Argentina has already extended an invitation for Milei to visit Israel and inaugurate Argentina’s embassy in Jerusalem.
Furthermore, Milei’s recent visit to the grave of the Lubavitcher Rebbe in New York, where he was seen wearing a kippah and carrying religious books, highlights his growing affinity for Judaism. With his support for Israel’s right to exist and defend itself, the new government is expected to promote religious freedom and foster closer relations with the Jewish community.