ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 142

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Netanyahu meets Argentina’s new leader Milei, ‘a great friend’ of Israel

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Argentinian President Javier Milei in Jerusalem, February 7, 2024 (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Argentinian President Javier Milei in Jerusalem, February 7, 2024 (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

Calling him a “great friend of the Jewish state,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Argentinian Prime Minister Javier Milei in Jerusalem, and thanks him for declaring that he will move his country’s embassy to the Israeli capital.

“We are delighted with your decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, to move your diplomatic post and also of course, an embassy,” says Netanyahu.

According to the Israeli readout, Milei says his country will also list Hamas as a terrorist organization.

Milei wears a pin with the flags of both countries and a yellow ribbon, a gesture to the 253 hostages taken captive by Hamas on October 7, of whom 132 remain in Gaza, not all of them alive.

The prime minister says the biggest threat “in our area and in yours is Iran.”

Netanyahu also says the two will discuss free markets, something both men champion.

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