In the latest controversial move to follow his American counterpart, Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro has said the country might relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied al-Quds.
According to Press TV, Bolsonaro, a Donald Trump admirer and imitator, told a news conference on Thursday that he saw no problem in such a move, as he had also promoted the idea during his campaign.
“I don’t see any problem in moving the Israeli embassy, I see no problem. It’s not a question of life and death, we have a lot of respect for Israel and for the Arab people.” he said.
“Israel is a sovereign state. If you decide on your capital city, we will act in accordance,” he added. “When I was asked during the campaign if I’ll do it when I was president, I said yes.”
If Bolsonaro follows through the plan, the Latin American country would become the third nation – after the US and Guatemala – to have embassy in the city, which was occupied by the Tel Aviv regime during the Six-Day War in the 1967, and is deemed the capital of a future Palestinian independent state.
Trump recognized al-Quds as Israel’s capital and officially opened the US embassy in the city in May, sparking international outrage.
Many in Brazil have raised concerns about Bolsonaro’s plan, saying the move would hurt the country’s relations with Muslim nations.
Bolsonaro’s announcement, however, was immediately welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who issued a statement on Thursday, praising the president-elect “for his intention to move the Brazilian embassy to al-Quds, a historic, correct and exciting step!”