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Argentina’s Milei breaks with Latin America, doubles down on Israel support

Argentinian President Javier Milei announced on a trip to Israel Tuesday that he would move his country's embassy to Jerusalem and advance legislation at home declaring Hamas a terror organization.

On his first official visit to Israel on Tuesday, Argentinian President Javier Milei announced his intention to move his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Milei made the announcement shortly after arriving in Israel for his first bilateral overseas trip since assuming the presidency in December. 

Later on Tuesday, Milei said he’s advancing a bill declaring Hamas as a terrorist group in addition to another demanding the release of all the hostages in Gaza, including the 11 captives who hold Argentinian citizenship.

"This is something that has been my consistent position, and ours, even before we took office and came to government, but now my presence here ratifies all that I've said not only in the recent weeks, but ever since Oct. 7," Milei said after meeting Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Tuesday evening. 

Milei previously said he was open to relocating Argentina's embassy to Jerusalem, citing former President Donald Trump's decision to move the American one there back in 2018. 

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