By COLlive reporter
Argentina elected libertarian outsider Javier Milei as its new president on Sunday, known for his bold views on the economy battered by inflation, a looming recession and rising poverty.
Official results have not been released, but his rival, Peronist Economy Minister Sergio Massa, conceded in a speech.
The newly elected president is outspoken about his affinity for the Jewish people and his support for Israel. In past interviews, he said he regularly studies Torah and has once told the story of Queen Esther to make a point during a speech.
A recent article claims Milei received the support of influential businessmen such as Eduardo Elsztain and the Sielecki family, with the assistance of Rabbi Tzvi Grunblatt, Head Shliach of Argentina. The two were photographed at the Latam Economic Forum two months ago.
According to the article in La Politica, Milei studies Torah with Rabbi Axel Wahnish and wants to convert to Judaism.
Last July, he visited the Rebbe’s Ohel in Queens, New York. In a TV interview about the visit, Milei explained how the Rebbe’s farbrengens on Shabbos were memorized by a team of rabbis (choizrim) who would transcribe it after Shabbos. He said he had the merit of meeting one of them.
Milei has promised that one of his first government measures will be to move the Argentine embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as President Trump did.