Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro .
(photo credit: AVI OHAYON - GPO)
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will arrive in Israel on March 31 for a three-day visit, Maariv reported Wednesday.
During his visit, Bolsonaro is expected to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to sign papers, join a dinner at the Prime Minister's Residence, visit Yad Vashem and plant a tree in the grove of nations. He is also expected to pay a visit to the Home Front Command, where he will pay a tribute to the Israeli rescue mission that helped his country in the disaster of the collapse of the dam in January.
Bolsonaro is also expected to hold a meeting with the community of Brazilians in Israel and to be hosted on the business forum "Summit of Innovation Israel - Brazil," an economic conference of leading businessmen and companies in Israel and Brazil, in which the Prime Minister will also participate. In addition, the two leaders will visit an innovation exhibition in which they will participate in a panel. He will also visit Mobileye. The reception ceremony for the Brazilian president will take place on March 31 at 10:00 at Ben-Gurion Airport.
Two weeks ago, Reuters reported that an official in the Brazilian government said that the decision to transfer the embassy to Jerusalem, which could give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an advantage in the elections a week after the visit, had not yet been decided.
"The issue will have to be raised during the visit," the source said, adding that the official announcement of the move would not be made during the visit, as the government had hoped. As noted, there are many elements in Brazil, including officers in the army, who oppose the move. In addition, many countries expressed their opposition to the move, including the Arab states, which also threatened Brazil that steps would be taken if the move was to be implemented.
Last November, Bolsonaro wrote on his Facebook account that after taking office, he would transfer his country's embassy to Jerusalem. He added that "Israel is a sovereign state and we will respect it." This confirmed his earlier statements from the election campaign period.
In his visit to Brazil for Bolsonaro's inauguration, Netanyahu told the Jewish community in Brazil that "President Boulosonaro and I decided that in the coming months a number of delegations will come here to map out the full extent of cooperation between the two countries in the coming years, a partnership that was bound to happen and we will make it happen As quickly as possible."
Netanyahu added that "President Bolsonaro also said that he would transfer the embassy to Jerusalem, and it was not a question of whether it would happen, but when it would happen, President Trump said the same thing and he passed the embassy, and President Bolsonaro would do it. Bolsonaro accepted my invitation to visit Israel n the coming months, and he said he would come before March, and I expect to welcome him in the same spirit and fraternity as he welcomed me. "
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