Foreign Minister Katz meets with Argentina’s new ambassador to Israel

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Foreign Minister Israel Katz meets with Argentina’s new ambassador to Israel, Rabbi Shimon Axel Wahnish.

“Thanks to the friendship and support of President [Javier] Milei, the ties between Argentina and Israel will become tighter, and will reach new heights,” writes Katz on X. “I am sure that we will soon see Argentina’s new embassy in Jerusalem.”

Wahnish, 42, has been close to Milei as the Catholic “anarcho-capitalist” made a meteoric rise to power and is widely understood to be responsible for Milei’s recent philosemitism, which shaped his candidacy and first months as president.

Wahnish moved from Buenos Aires to Israel with his wife and six children. Milei has vowed to move Argentina’s embassy from Herzliya to Israel’s capital.

The post at Argentina’s embassy has been vacant since early 2022, when the previous ambassador was removed following a corruption conviction.

JTA contributed to this report.

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