Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Brazil Will Move Its Embassy In Israel To Jerusalem - Bolsonaro

Brazil Will Move Its Embassy In Israel To Jerusalem - Bolsonaro

Netanyahu spoke to Mr Bolsonaro earlier this week, congratulating him on his victory and inviting him to visit Israel.

Asked in an interview with Israel Hayom published yesterday if he would move Brazil's embassy, as he had indicated during his campaign, Bolsonaro said Israel should decide where its capital is located.

Most countries have their embassies in Tel Aviv, due to the disputed status of Jerusalem - part of which Palestinians claim as a capital for when they hope to become a state.

"As previously stated during our campaign, we intend to transfer the Brazilian Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem", Bolsonaro tweeted in defiance to the Palestinians and most of the world.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Bolsonaro's plan.

A polarising judge who jailed former President Luiz Inacio de Silva - knocking "Lula" out of this year's election - has been named Brazil's new justice minister.

"I congratulate my friend Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro for his intention to move the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem, a historic, correct and exciting step!" he said in a statement.

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Guatemala and Paraguay followed the US example, but Paraguay cancelled the move after Mario Abdo Benitez was sworn in as president in August.

The Palestinians cut off ties with the Trump administration after the decision was first announced in December 2017, saying the government's pro-Israel bias meant it could no longer lead peace negotiations between themselves and Israel.

The embassy move squarely aligns Bolsonaro with US President Donald Trump, and bolsters his image as a "Tropical Trump".

Israel occupied Arab east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it in moves never recognized by the worldwide community.

Those countries say that the status of Jerusalem is something that should be negotiated between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Some Brazilians have raised concerns about Bolsonaro's plan, saying it would hurt Brazil's relations with Muslim nations.

Bolsonaro has outraged many with his derogatory comments against women, gay people and blacks, and his support for the torture used by Brazil's brutal military regime which ruled from 1964 to 1985.

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