A man displays national flag of Israel as supporters of Brazil's new President Jair Bolsonaro gather outside the Planalto Palace ahead of Bolsonaro's swear-in ceremony, in Brasilia, Brazil, January 1, 2019. .
(photo credit: SERGIO MORAES / REUTERS)
During his five days in Brazil, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken repeatedly about positive ties with new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. But the Bolsonaro who has shown Netanyahu the most love during this trip is the president’s son Eduardo.
Eduardo, a popular politician in his own right who was reelected in October to a second term as a federal deputy after garnering the most votes in history, gushed in a Facebook post that he was honored to have been the first to greet Netanyahu when he landed in Brazil on Friday.
In a Facebook post on his page late Friday night, he thanked the incoming Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo and Ambassador to Brazil Yossi Shelley “for having given me the honor of being the first person in the line of officials to greet the Israeli premier. An unforgettable moment for me.”
Bolsonaro, whose social media outlets over the last number of years have been filled with pro-Israel posts, wrote that the Jews “returned to their land” in 1948 after 2,000 years of exile. He noted that Brazilian diplomat Osvaldo Aranha presided over the UN General Assembly during the 1947 debate on the Partition Plan and helped ensure it would pass.
“After Hitler chased the Jews across Europe and Nazi Germany was defeated in 1945, the Jews continued without a territory or a state,” he wrote, then briefly explained the role that Aranha played in ensuring the passage of the Partition Plan that led to the creation of Israel.
Aranha, a strong supporter of partition, postponed the UN vote by a couple of days to ensure that it would get the necessary votes needed to pass, and lobbied heavily for its passage.
“After 2,000 years of exile the Jews returned to their land on May 14, 1948,” he wrote. “Today, on December 28 2018, the country is marking another special date: this is the first time that Israel’s prime minister set foot in Brazil since the establishment of the State of Israel.”
In November, Bolsonaro traveled to Washington and met with US President Donald Trump’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner. During that meeting, he reiterated his father’s campaign pledge that Brazil would move its embassy to Jerusalem.
“The question should not be whether we will do it, but when we will do it,” Bolsonaro said. “We don’t know the date for the relocation or when it will happen, but we have an intention to do so.”
In May 2016, he posted on Twitter a picture of himself and his brother Carlos on a family trip to Israel. He was wearing a T-shirt that said “Israel Defense Forces,” and his brother wore one that read “Mossad.” Over the picture he wrote: “A first world country that values its armed forces and police.”
In May of this year, Bolsonaro posted on his Instagram account a cartoon, over the caption “Differences,” showing a Hamas terrorist with a boobytrapped baby strapped to his back, aiming a rifle at an IDF soldier. The soldier was aiming his rifle at the terrorist, while protecting a woman holding a baby.
And in June, following the decision by Argentina’s national soccer team to suddenly cancel an exhibition match in Israel, he wrote: “Absurd.”
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