During a poignant visit to Kibbutz Nir Oz, nestled along Israel’s Gaza border, Argentinian President Javier Milei, alongside Israeli President Isaac Herzog, drew a solemn parallel between the harrowing events of October 7 and the darkest chapters of 20th-century history. The visit highlighted a deep connection between Argentina and Israel, underscored by the tragic fates of Argentinean-Israeli families affected by the Hamas onslaught.
Kibbutz Nir Oz, once a peaceful home to many Argentine immigrants and their descendants, bore the brunt of what President Milei termed “21st-century Nazism.” This term he used not just as a historical comparison but as a rallying cry against modern-day barbarism and terror, echoing the horrors faced by Jews during the Holocaust. It’s a stark reminder that the shadows of the past loom over present conflicts, urging the global community to stand against terror and antisemitism.
The visit was not only ceremonial but deeply personal, as President Milei and President Herzog met with families torn apart by the violence of October 7. Among them were the family members of Yair and Eitan Horn, kidnapped and still held captive, painting a human face on the tragedy that extends beyond borders and reaches into the hearts of people worldwide.
Argentina’s commitment to Israel’s fight against terror was palpable as Milei pledged to move the Argentine embassy to Jerusalem—a symbolic gesture of solidarity. Moreover, his initiative to classify Hamas as a terror organization within Argentine law and his push for the release of all hostages underscores a shared commitment to peace and justice.
This visit, marked by shared grief and resilience, is a testament to the unbreakable bonds between nations united against terror. It serves as a powerful reminder of Israel’s enduring spirit and the global duty to stand against hatred in all its forms.
As Israel vows to rebuild and recover, the international support exemplified by Argentina’s stance offers hope for a future where peace prevails over terror. This solidarity is the cornerstone of Israel’s values—democracy, freedom, and an unwavering determination to protect its citizens and ensure their safety. Amidst adversity, Israel’s resilience shines, embodying the strength to overcome, rebuild, and aspire for a harmonious future for all its inhabitants and neighbors.