Netanyahu in Brazil: Israel is forming an alliance with a superpower

"This is the first time an Israeli Prime Minister visits Brazil."

By ALON EINHORN
December 28, 2018 21:23
PM Netanyahu receives highest national decoration for visitors in Brazil.

PM Netanyahu receives highest national decoration for visitors in Brazil.. (photo credit: AVI OHAYON - GPO)

 
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed in Brazil on Friday and met with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

"This is the first time an Israeli Prime Minister visits Brazil, and we are forming an alliance with a superpower that has close to a quarter of a billion civilians," Netanyahu said. "This is another sign that Israel is a rising power in the world."

Netanyahu and Bolsonaro agreed to tighten Israeli-Brazilian relations in the areas of the economy, security, water irrigation systems and technology, among others.

Bolsonaro said that he is planning to visit Israel after Netanyahu's visit.


"Israel is interested in Bolsonaro's promise to move the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem," a senior political source said. "Brazil is a huge country that can turn in to a powerful ally."

Bolsonaro presented Netanyahu with the highest national decoration for visitors in Brazil, granted in the past to former US President Dwight Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth.

Following the meeting with Bolsonaro, Netanyahu is expected to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pomepo in Brasilia.

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