Netanyahu announces new era in relations between Israel and Brazil

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a new era of relations between Israel and Brazil, while Brazilian President Javier Paulsonaro spoke of cooperation in the field of “defense and security” on the first day of his visit to Israel.

It is expected that the agenda of Paulsonaro’s visit will include, after his election, his intention to transfer his embassy to Jerusalem, which occupies Israel in its eastern part, after the transfer of the Embassy of Washington to the Holy City in May 2018.

“We are making history together,” Netanyahu said at an official reception at the airport near Tel Aviv. Paulsonaro’s visit was in support of Netanyahu ahead of the election.

For his part, the right-wing Brazilian president said that “his government is determined and strongly to strengthen the partnership between Brazil and Israel.” “Cooperation in the areas of security and defense is of great importance to Brazil, too.”

Paulsonaro’s three-day visit aims to boost diplomatic ties with Netanyahu while avoiding the anger of his main Arab economic allies.

The president’s announcement in November of his intention to transfer his country’s embassy to Jerusalem prompted widespread debate and opposition even among some of his allies, which led him to retreat and say that the decision to move was “not yet taken.”

But he returned in an interview with the television channel “SPT” in January to say that “the decision was taken, and only remains to determine the date of implementation.”

Israel views Jerusalem as its capital, while Palestinians demand that occupied East Jerusalem be the capital of their desired state.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Paulsonaro said he was not in a hurry to make the decision.

“Trump took nine months to say his last word and so the embassy was moved … We may now open a commercial office in Jerusalem.”

The policy of Brazil’s right-wing president, seeking to strengthen his country’s relationship with the United States and Israel, is a change for Brazil, which has been ruled for decades by center-left and center-right governments that have always adhered to international consensus on issues related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the disputed status of Jerusalem.

In 2010, Brasilia recognized the Palestinian state.

The transfer of the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem would be a diplomatic victory for Netanyahu, who aspires to become prime minister for the fifth time if he wins the April 9 election, especially as he faces a tough challenge from former army chief Benny Gantz and is under threat of corruption.

Visit the Western Wall

Paulsonaro is expected to visit the Western Wall (Al-Buraq for Muslims) on Monday with Netanyahu in a controversial move.

Earlier this month, Netanyahu accompanied US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is the first senior US official to visit the Western Wall, which was annexed by Israel after the occupation of the city in 1967.

Such visits to officials are seen as tacit approval of Israel’s sovereignty over the sacred site of the Jews and in the occupied eastern part of the occupied Palestinian majority.

The complex on the wall is known as the “Temple Mount” in Judaism, and also contains the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina.

Netanyahu will meet with Paulsonaro later on Sunday to sign some agreements before dinner.

Netanyahu was the first Israeli prime minister to visit Brazil when he traveled to the Polsonaru inauguration ceremony on January 1.

Paulsonaro and Netanyahu spoke of the “brotherhood” that brings them together and will enhance military, economic, technological and agricultural cooperation.

She promised Pompeo this month and Netanyahu’s trip to the United States to meet Trump last week and was shortened by violence in the Gaza Strip in support of his campaign.

Netanyahu has sought to present himself as a key statesman in Israel, and Paulsonaro’s visit could include a similar speech.

Netanyahu and Poulsonaru have good relations with Trump.

The US president praised his Brazilian counterpart during his visit to Washington this month by announcing a special relationship he said could pave the way for a Latin American country to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

A campaign similar to the Trump Polsonaru campaign of 2018 prompted the presidency to declare its fight against corruption and put an end to old policies.

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