The interim government of Michel Temer, Brazilian vice-president, has been showing a dramatic shift in the diplomatic relations with Israel. Unlike the government of Dilma Roussef, currently in process of impeachment, whom for several times, as I posted here, here and here, proved to be an obstacle in issues concerning Israel, the Brazilian new approach to foreign affairs has been repairing Brazilian actions against Israel in the last years.

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mmediately after the horrific terrorist attack at Sarona's market, the Itamaraty, Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, issued a diplomatic note condemning the attack and providing condolences to victims' family. That was a huge shift in both content and sentiment of Brazilian diplomatic notes. During Roussef's government, the Itamaraty issued notes that avoided to mention terrorism and also painted a two-sided responsibility to the events - even during the recent Palestinian wave of attacks.

In the pinnacle of the Protective Edge Operation, representatives of the Brazilian Foreign Affairs offices toughly criticized Israel, called back to Brasilia the Brazilian Diplomat in Israel and condemned Israel for the excessive use of force against Hamas in Gaza – all under the acknowledgment of the president Roussef.


Additionally, Brazil led Latin American countries to align in both Israeli criticism and support to Palestinian issues in United Nations, like Unesco's resolution that refers to the temple mount solely as Al-Aksa Mosque/Al-Haram Al Sharif, 
a decision widely controversial for omitting the historical ties of the Jewish people with the remaining of the second temple and for the historical UN strong bias against Israel.

Mr. Jose Serra, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, has changed the Brazilian vote in this session from "yes" to "no". He clearly shows that the interim government intends to re-approximate the diplomatic relations between both countries and to undo Roussef's foreign affairs mismatches.


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This recent move redeem the strong ties between both nations that started already in 1947's UN general assembly session, where the unprecedented Brazilian diplomat, Osvaldo Aranha, did a series of actions that contributed to the majority of "yes" votes in the partition of Palestine. That strong tie faded away along the 14 years of Brazil's ruling Workers Party.

Yet, the question that remains is if the interim government's decisions will turn around in case Roussef's impeachment process is declined in the Brazilian senate. Meanwhile, the long period of diplomatic divorce has gone and Israel enjoys the return of an important ally in the international affairs. 


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