Argentina’s President-Elect Plans to Visit Israel Before Inaugaration

By Matis Glenn

Presidential candidate of the Liberty Advances coalition Javier Milei waves during his victory speech after being elected president in a runoff election in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Argentina’s President-elect, Javier Milei, has announced that he will visit Israel even before he is sworn in as President, reports the Times of Israel.

A former radio news pundit, Milei became popular in Argentina as a conservative voice. One of his campaign promises was to close Aregentina’s national bank and have the South American country adopt the U.S. dollar as its national currency. MIlei, of the Libertarian party, received 55% of the vote, defeating Sergio Massa of the Renewal Front party, who received 44%.

Milei, who has been an outspoken supporter of Israel and the Jewish community, has reportedly studied Judaism with Rabbi Shimon Axel Wahnish, who leads an Argentine-Moroccan Jewish community in Buenos Aires and local Chabad shliach Rabbi Tzvi Grunblatt. Milei has also visited the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s kever in Queens, according to Anash.

He has also said that if elected, he plans on moving Argentina’s embassy in Israel to Yerushalayim.

In a show of his affinity to the Jewish community, Milei has made public appearances accompanied by recordings of Shofar blasts.

Milei has said while he had considered converting to Judaism, he would have great difficulty keeping Shabbos as president.

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