Brazil will move Israel embassy to Jerusalem, says president-elect

Brazil's Bolsonaro wants Israel embassy moved to Jerusalem

Brazil's Bolsonaro wants Israel embassy moved to Jerusalem

Brazil's president-elect Jair Bolsonaro announced on social media Thursday that his country will move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in accordance with Israel's sovereign wishes. 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.

If Bolsonaro keeps this campaign promise, Brazil will be the third country to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, after the United States and Guatemala.

Most countries maintain embassies in Tel Aviv, saying the final status of Jerusalem must be determined through negotiations.

Abul-Gheit said Brazil had a "good reputation" for respecting worldwide law and enjoyed good relations with most Arab states based on mutual respect and cooperation.

A Brazilian Anti-corruption Judge Sergio Moro, who contributed to Jair Bolsonaro's election victory by jailing his main rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, will become Justice Minister under the far-right President.

If Bolsonaro follows through on his pledge, Brazil would become the third country to have an embassy in Jerusalem, after the U.S. and Guatemala.

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

Mr Bolsonaro, who won Sunday's run-off election with 55 per cent of the vote, takes office on January 1.

Israel occupied Arab east Jerusalem in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the global community.

Recall that in December, 2017, President Donald Trump of the United States of America recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

Bolsonaro, 46, has expressed admiration for Trump and appears poised to follow his example with a number of policies including withdrawing his country, home to the lion's share of the Amazon rainforest, from the Paris climate accord.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly welcomed the plan.

In 2016, Mr Moro said he would never enter politics, keeping the focus on his graft-fighting crusade in the courts.

Bolsonaro, who will assume the office of the Brazilian President from January 1, has often hinted towards his wish for closer ties with Israel, pledging his support for the Middle Eastern nation on the global stage during the interview with Israel Hayom.

The US embassy in Jerusalem was inaugurated in May.

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