Brazil Will Move Its Embassy In Israel To Jerusalem, Says President-Elect

Brazil's Bolsonaro wants Israel embassy moved to Jerusalem

The president-elect of Brazil signaled his desire to follow in President Donald Trump's footsteps by relocating his country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

An official in Netanyahu's office told AFP the Israeli prime minister 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. Jerusalem is a disputed city as Palestinians regard East Jerusalem, which was occupied by Israel in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, as the capital of the future independent state they demand.

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.

Brazil's far-right President-elect has convinced crusading anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro to become his justice minister, the two said yesterday, stirring celebration and outcry by hiring the jurist who jailed his chief political rival.

In addition to moving his country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro plans to shut down the Palestinian embassy in Brasilia.

Israel considers all of Jerusalem its capital, while the Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

It was the first time since his election victory on Sunday that Bolsonaro referred to his plan to move the embassy.

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"After a meeting with Bolsonaro at which policies for the portfolio were discussed, I accepted the honourable invitation, " Moro said in a statement published by Brazilian media on Thursday.

Brazil would become the third country after the United States and Guatemala to make the controversial move.

Bolsonaro has often expressed admiration for Donald Trump and appears poised to follow the USA president in a radical overhaul of his nation's foreign policy.

In December, President Donald Trump reversed longstanding U.S. policy and recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, prompting Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to boycott his administration.

John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser, said Mr Bolsonaro and the Trump were "like-minded" individuals.

That, he said, includes "several cases when he acted to interfere in the dynamics of Brazilian politics", such as by leaking wire-tapped phone calls of Lula and impeached former President Dilma Rousseff that played a part in the downfall of both.

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