Netanyahu Meets With Brazil’s President-Elect Bolsonaro, Hails Alliance

01 January, 2019, 13:25 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro left and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands during a joint statement at the military base Fort Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro Brazil Friday Dec. 28 2018. (Leo Correa  Pool

Netanyahu and his wife were greeted at the airport Friday by the incoming president's son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, and Rio Mayor Marcelo Bezerra Crivella.

Netanyahu, who also serves as foreign minister, a year ago made the first trip by a sitting Israeli prime minister to Latin America, visiting Argentina, Colombia and Mexico.

According to the statement, Netanyahu first had a one-on-one meeting with Bolsonaro after which members of the Israeli delegation and Brazilian administration officials joined them.

Bolsonaro and Netanyahu are also expected to discuss the Brazilian elected president's proposal to move his country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"Slamming those in Brazil who blasted Netanyahu's visit, Bolsonaro said", Those who did nothing but rob the country, have no right to express criticism". Many peoples were exiled from their lands; they all disappeared, found new lands or were absorbed into other peoples.

Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday and while both pledged to deepen ties, there was no announcement as some anticipated of Brazil moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

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Bolsonaro has indicated he will adopt positions similar to those of President Donald Trump.

In a separate tweet, Bolsonaro added, "Israel is a technological superpower and that interests us". He also spoke of cooperation in military and agriculture matters. He said that for his country to overcome obstacles, "we need good allies, good friends, good brothers, like Benjamin Netanyahu".

"The visit will bring an important political message: a turnaround in Israel's relations with the largest country in Latin America".

The Palestinians view East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, and most countries in the world back a longstanding consensus that Jerusalem's status can only be resolved through negotiations and as part of an Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Bolsonaro discussed Israel during a meeting in Rio with Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, late last month.

Brazil, he said, "is an huge country with enormous potential for Israel from an economic, security and diplomatic point of view".


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