Brazilian president-elect reaffirms support for Israel and Jerusalem, announces intention to relocate embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; Netanyahu: Jerusalem embassy move “a historic, correct and exciting step!”


Brazil’s president-elect announced his intention to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Thursday.

Jair Bolsonaro, a Zionist, supporter of Israel and evangelical Christian, reaffirmed his support for the Jewish state, stating on Thursday “As previously stated during our campaign, we intend to transfer the Brazilian Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel is a sovereign state and we shall duly respect that.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu congratulated the new president, and his support for his Israel, releasing the statement “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!” Netanyahu spoke to Bolsonaro on Monday and reported confirmed he would attend the new president’s inauguration ceremony. He stated on Monday “I told him I’m certain his election will lead to a great friendship between our peoples and a strengthening of Brazil-Israel ties. We are waiting for his visit to Israel.”

Mid-October, Australia announced it was prepared to move its embassy to Jerusalem. In May, Paraguay was the third state to open embassy in Jerusalem following the United States and Guatemala.


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