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Brazil's New President-Elect Vows to Move the Country's Embassy to Jerusalem

Brazil's New President-Elect Vows to Move the Country's Embassy to Jerusalem”

Trump broke with decades of precedent in December when he declared Jerusalem Israel's capital and announced the embassy would move there.

"These are provocative and illegal steps that will only destabilize security and stability in the region", Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee, told AFP.

The former army captain, who took a comfortable victory in Sunday's presidential election, will be sworn in on January 1.

"As previously stated during our campaign, we intend to transfer the Brazilian Embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem", Bolsonaro wrote.

Israel considers the whole of Jerusalem as its capital, while the Palestinians seek East Jerusalem as the capital of a hoped-for Palestinian state. The decision has been hailed by Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu issued a statement saying: 'I congratulate my friend Brazilian President-Elect, Jair Bolsonaro, for his intention to move the Brazilian Embassy to Jerusalem, a historic, correct and exciting step!'

Paraguay also briefly shifted its embassy to Jerusalem but moved it back to Tel Aviv following the election of its new president, Mario Abdo Benitez.

Tensions have been running high in the occupied Palestinian territories and the Gaza Strip since last December, when US President Donald Trump made a decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's "capital" and relocate Washington's embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.

The new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem was opened by Trump's daughter and White House aide, Ivanka, in May.

This is the first time since his election that Bolsonaro has announced his plan to move the embassy.

Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognised internationally, and according to the 1993 Israel-Palestinian peace accords, the final status of Jerusalem is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of peace talks.

Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its "united" capital, and its annexation of occupied East Jerusalem in 1967 effectively put the entire city under de-facto Israeli control. Israel claims all of the city, including the eastern sector, calling it home to Jerusalem's most important religious sites and Israel's eternal capital.

Bolsonaro, 63, who won a runoff election on Sunday, has outraged many with his overtly misogynistic and racist rhetoric.



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