Bolsonaro declares Brazil will move Israel embassy to Jerusalem

Gladys Abbott
November 4, 2018

Brazil's would become the third embassy in a city under full Israeli control since 1967, contrary to the Palestinian view, which regards East Jerusalem as an occupied territory and the capital of their future state.

Most countries maintain embassies in Tel Aviv, saying the final status of Jerusalem must be determined through negotiations. An official in Netanyahu's office told Agence France-Presse (AFP) the Israeli premier was "very likely" to attend Bolsonaro's inauguration ceremony in January. Paraguay briefly moved its embassy to Jerusalem as well, only to move it back to Tel Aviv after its new president, Mario Abdo Benitez, was elected. "Palestine is not a country, so there should be no embassy here", said Bolsonaro recently.

Mr Moro is a hero to many Brazilians for his unrelenting "Car Wash" investigation, which uncovered the large-scale looting of state oil company Petrobras.

Brazilian right-wing President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday that he will move Brazil's embassy is Israel to Jerusalem - following a similar move by President Donald Trump previous year.

Moro flew to Rio de Janeiro on Thursday for a meeting with the hardline conservative, which ended with him accepting the offer to head a "super ministry" combining the justice and public security portfolios, both men said.

Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro set about staffing his new administration on Wednesday, naming an astronaut as science minister while a top anti-corruption judge mulled a job offer.

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This is the first time since his election that Bolsonaro has announced his plan to move the embassy.

Bolsonaro -dubbed "the Brazilian Donald Trump" -has expressed agreement with the US on several foreign policy issues, criticizing the leftist regime of Venezuela and China's economic power.

Guatemala and Paraguay are the only two countries to have implemented the move after the United States so far, although Paraguay later rescinded their decision.

U.S. President Donald Trump sparked a world outcry last December after announcing plans to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and recognize the city as Israel's capital (which he did earlier this year).

Bolsonaro also said that Israel could count on Brazil's vote on matters concerning the Jewish state at the United Nations.

The president-elect scored a clear political victory with the appointment of Mr Moro, who gained cult following in Brazil after he locked up a string of politicians and businessmen.

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