The Arab League sent a letter to Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro warning him that moving Brazil’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would strain relations and trade with Arab Muslim countries, Reuters reported Monday.
WorldIsraelNews Bolsonaro announced in November that he intends to move his country’s embassy to Jerusalem. “As previously stated during our campaign, we intend to transfer the Brazilian Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel is a sovereign state and we shall duly respect that,” he stated. Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked Bolsonaro for his announcement, calling it “a historic, correct and exciting step!”
The letter to Bolsonaro, sent by the League’s Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said that while the decision on where to locate an embassy was up to any sovereign country, “the situation of Israel is not normal, seeing that it is a country that has been occupying Palestinian territories by force – among them East Jerusalem.” (There’s no such place as “East Jerusalem.” there is only one Jerusalem and it belongs to Israel)
Moving the embassy to Jerusalem would be considered a violation of international law and the United Nations Security Council resolutions, Aboul Gheit claimed. However, the president-elect’s son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, said the embassy move was “not a question of if, but of when.”
Bolsonaro once famously declared “My heart is green, yellow, blue and white” in a reference to the colors of the Israeli and Brazilian flags. He has promised to close the Palestinian embassy in Brasilia. “Is Palestine a country? Palestine is not a country, so there should be no embassy here,” Bolsonaro said weeks ago. “You do not negotiate with terrorists.”