Argentina’s Milei meets with Herzog, says Buenos Aires working to declare Hamas a terror group

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Argentinian President Javier Milei meets with President Isaac Herzog in Jerusalem, February 6, 2024. (Haim Zach/GPO)
Argentinian President Javier Milei meets with President Isaac Herzog in Jerusalem, February 6, 2024. (Haim Zach/GPO)

President Isaac Herzog meets with President Javier Milei of Argentina in Jerusalem, and tells his counterpart that Israel “cannot wait any longer” to bring the hostages home.

“You will be visiting a country that was attacked brutally on 7 October by a brutal terrorist organization, which carried out a barbaric and sadistic attack on the people of Israel, and has taken hostage hundreds of people,” says Herzog in a public statement alongside Milei. “Now we have 136 hostages in Gaza, we are praying and working tirelessly to bring them back home as soon as possible.”

“And I know that you’re supporting this fight, and I’m delivering the message through you to the entire world as well: We want them home as soon as possible,” continues Herzog. “This cannot wait any longer. Their suffering is immense. And this is against any rules of human values.”

Milei responds that he sent a bill to Argentina‘s Congress, demanding the release of all hostages, including the 11 Argentinian citizens.

He also says Argentina is working to declare Hamas a terror organization.

Argentinian President Javier Milei visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, on February 6, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Milei arrived in Israel this morning, and went to the Western Wall earlier today.

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