Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will apparently not move his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Ma’an News reported.
Instead, he may announce the opening of a “business office” in West Jerusalem during his upcoming two-day visit to Israel, on Thursday.
In January, Bolsonaro promised to follow in the footsteps of United States President Donald Trump in relocating the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
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The move would be a sharp shift in Brazil’s foreign policy, which has constantly backed a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
However, recently Bolsonaro and other Brazilian officials appeared to have backtracked on the embassy promise, saying the issue “continues to be under consideration,” and would instead open a “business office” in Jerusalem.
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro to visit Israel, where he's expected to decide whether he will move the Brazilian Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. https://t.co/I6KqL5kzEu
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Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo told reporters that the government was “still studying” the embassy move plan.
The decision to move the embassy is highly controversial due to the fact that Israel wants claim of Jerusalem City as its capital, while the Palestinians view East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
Up until now, the US and Guatemala are the only two countries that have transferred their embassies to Jerusalem.
Guatemala won U.S. approval by moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Now America is silent as Guatemala abolishes an anti-corruption probe. Thus do foreign countries seek to cultivate the US government by doing favors for Israel. https://t.co/FkbnLxo77T pic.twitter.com/G8c0Q98GmW
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It is noteworthy that the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been boycotting the US administration since December 2017 when US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and then moved the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May 2018.
Following recent tensions and the US Trump administration’s undeniable support for Israel has prompted the Palestinians to cut communication with the US and declared it unfit to be a mediator during the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
In addition, a few countries such as the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary, have opened or announced plans to open trade and cultural centers in Jerusalem.
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)