Netanyahu: Brazil will move embassy to Jerusalem


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Rio de Janeiro: Far-right congressman Jair Bolsonaro will take oath as the new President of Brazil on Tuesday, stated media reports.

With Bolsonaro's inauguration, Latin America's two biggest economies are now in the hands of anti-establishment populists.

Despite portraying himself as a political outsider during his campaign, Bolsonaro served seven terms in Brazil's lower house of Congress, the Chamber of Deputies, before being elected President.

He wants to tackle the problems in part by shielding police who kill during an operation from criminal prosecution. The leftist Workers' Party, which dominated Brazilian politics from 2003 to 2016, boycotted the ceremony.

The sides reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen bilateral cooperation as well as ties with Brazil, according to the statement.

Bolsonaro said in early November he meant to follow Trump's lead in moving his country's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"This is a historic visit, the first time an Israeli prime minister has visited Brazil and we are forging a great alliance here with a huge super power of almost a quarter billion people", said the Prime Minister in a joint statement following the meeting.

One-third of his cabinet are former army officers, mostly fellow cadets at the Black Needles Military Academy, Brazil's West Point, all outspoken backers of the country's 1964-1985 military regime.

In July of this year, Bolsonaro appeared to have gotten cold feet after Egypt, citing "scheduling issues", cancelled the Brazilian leaders November trip to Cairo to meet with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Brazil will definitely move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, with only the date of the transfer to be decided, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a visit to Rio de Janeiro. "There are hundreds of bureaucratic governing bodies across Brazil, of regulators as well". Despite being stabbed at a campaign rally in the month of September 2018, Bolsonaro continued to conduct the campaigns from the hospital he was admitted.

Days after being elected, he picked Brazil's most famous anti-corruption judge, Sergio Moro, as his minister of justice. Pompeo also referred to the IDF Operation Northern Shield, launched by Israel last month to seek and destroy Hezbollah attack tunnels dug under the Lebanon-Israel border, and said that the U.S. could appreciate the threat the structures posed to Israeli sovereignty. "This is a partnership that is meant to happen, and we're going to make it happen very fast".

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