ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 149

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’21st century Nazism’: Argentinian president tours massacred Gaza border kibbutz with Herzog

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

President Isaac Herzog and Argentinian President Javier Milei tour Kibbutz Nir Oz on February 8, 2024. (Maayan Toaf / GPO)
President Isaac Herzog and Argentinian President Javier Milei tour Kibbutz Nir Oz on February 8, 2024. (Maayan Toaf / GPO)

President Isaac Herzog and Argentinian President Javier Milei tour Kibbutz Nir Oz on the Gaza border, a community that saw a quarter of its residents killed or kidnapped by Hamas on October 7. The kibbutz includes many immigrants from Argentina and their descendants.

“We shall rebuild this place,” says Herzog. “We shall bring back the community. And we shall protect Israelis and we hopefully will create a different future for us and for our neighbors.”

Making sure to label it a “terrorist group,” Milei calls Hamas “21st century Nazism.”

“It was the indifference of the free world that made the Nazi Holocaust possible,” says the Argentinian. “And as President Herzog said, the free world can’t remain indifferent in this case, as we see clear examples of terrorism and antisemitism and what I would describe as 21st century Nazism.”

The two leaders and first ladies visit several houses on the kibbutz, including that of Ofelia Roitman, an Argentine immigrant to Israel who was released from Hamas captivity in November and who accompanied the group. It was the first time she had been in her home since the October 7 attack.

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