Javier Milei made the remarks upon his arrival to Israel, the place is he set to satisfy Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Argentina President Javier Milei has introduced plans to shift his nation’s embassy to Jerusalem as he launched into a go to to Israel.
The 53-year-old economist, who upended conventional politics to win election final 12 months, was greeted warmly by Israel’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz at Ben Gurion airport close to Tel Aviv.
Milei, on his first official go to since taking workplace barring a short swing by the Davos financial discussion board in Switzerland, mentioned, “My plan is to move the embassy to west Jerusalem.”
Confirmation of the broadly anticipated announcement discovered favour with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose workplace mentioned he “warmly welcomes” the transfer.
“The prime minister spoke about this with President Milei after his election, and welcomes the fact that the president has kept his promise,” an announcement learn.
Right-winger Netanyahu and the libertarian Milei, who has been in contrast with former US president Donald Trump – who moved the US embassy to Jerusalem in 2018, are set to satisfy for talks on Wednesday, with the purpose of deepening ties between the 2 international locations.
After his arrival, Milei headed to the Western Wall in occupied East Jerusalem’s historic Old City, the holiest place the place Jews can pray.
His journey can even see him go to a kibbutz and meet households of hostages taken by the Palestinian armed group Hamas when it attacked southern Israel on October 7, killing at the very least 1,139 folks based on an Al Jazeera tally based mostly on official Israeli figures. The group, which governs Gaza, seized about 240 different folks as hostages.
After the Hamas assault, Israel launched a devastating bombardment and floor offensive on Gaza, whereas severely proscribing provides of water, meals and help to the territory. The marketing campaign has decreased a lot of the territory to rubble and displaced greater than 80 p.c of Gaza’s residents.
More than 27,500 folks have been killed within the Israeli assault, and greater than 66,000 others have been wounded, based on Palestinian authorities.
Palestinian group Hamas mentioned it “strongly condemns” Milei’s announcement. Hamas, the group that governs Gaza, mentioned it considered the transfer “an infringement of the rights of our Palestinian people to their land, and a violation of the rules of international law, considering Jerusalem as occupied Palestinian land”.
Milei, identified for his fiery speeches and wild sideburns, describes himself as an “anarcho-capitalist”. He was raised in a Catholic household however has studied Jewish scripture.
After his election win in November, he visited the tomb of a revered rabbi in New York – a preferred non secular vacation spot for some Jews.
Argentina’s Jewish group is 250,000 sturdy and one of many largest in Latin America.
From Israel, Milei heads to Rome on Friday for a gathering with Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, and a personal viewers with Pope Francis.
Milei has beforehand criticised his fellow Argentinian however toned down his rhetoric extra just lately.