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New Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro Wants to Transfer the Brazilian Embassy to Jerusalem

Jair Bolsonaro persists and signs. Brazil’s elected president told an Israeli newspaper that he planned to move his country’s embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following Donald Trump’s footsteps.

If Jair Bolsonaro takes action, Brazil would become the third country to choose to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, after Guatemala and especially the United States, whose decision, breaking with decades of diplomacy American, provoked very strong diplomatic tensions .

© Marcelo Teixeira Source: Reuters
Jair Bolsonaro elected new president of Brazil, will be invested early January 2019.

 

Asked by the Israel Hayom newspaper on his intention to transfer the embassy of Brazil to Jerusalem, mentioned during his election campaign, Jair Bolsonaro has indeed  estimated  on November 1 that Israel should be free to choose its capital.

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“When I was asked in the campaign whether I would do it once I became president, I said yes, it’s up to you to decide which is the capital of Israel, not the other nations,” he said. said in an interview with this daily favorable to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Jair Bolsonaro, 63, won the second round of the Brazilian presidential election on October 28 after provoking indignation with misogynistic, homophobic and racist remarks.

Benyamin Netanyahu said that Jair Bolsonaro’s election “would lead to a great friendship between [their] peoples and the strengthening of relations between Brazil and Israel”. The Israeli prime minister will also attend “very likely” at the investiture ceremony of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil in January, told AFP an official of his office.

The question of the location of embassies in Israel is particularly sensitive. The Jewish state considers the entire city of Jerusalem as its capital, while the Palestinians aspire to make East Jerusalem the capital of their future state. For the international community, the status of the Holy City must be negotiated by both parties and embassies must not settle there until an agreement is reached.

Israel has occupied East Jerusalem since the 1967 war and subsequently annexed it, never recognized by the international community.

US President Donald Trump broke up in December 2017 with decades of US diplomacy recognizing Jerusalem’s capital of Israel . Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has since cut ties with the Trump administration.

The US embassy was transferred from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 14, before Guatemala and Paraguay announced plans to follow Washington. Asuncion has since backtracked by announcing the return of its embassy in Tel Aviv.

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