Tuesday, October 30, 2018
New Brazil President to close “Palestinian” embassy: “You don't negotiate with terrorists”
Jair Bolsonaro, a 63-year-old 7-term congressman who built his campaign around pledges to crush corruption and crime, secured over 55% of the vote, an 11% lead over his far-left rival Fernando Haddad.
"We can't continue flirting with socialism, communism, populism and leftist extremism … We're going to change the destiny of Brazil," said Bolsonaro in his late Sunday night acceptance speech broadcast from his home in Rio, that showed a Jewish menorah in the background of the video.
Highly divisive among Jewish voters, the Conservative lawmaker — whose middle name, Messias, literally means "messiah" — won the ballot after a drama-filled election that looks set to radically reforge the future of the world’s 4th biggest democracy, leaving nearly 15 years of far-left governments behind.
For many Jewish voters, Bolsonaro has always been a dream president. He has declared he'll move the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. His first international trip as president, he said, will be to Israel, with which he'll seek to broaden the dialogue. And he promised to close the Palestinian embassy in Brasilia.
"Is Palestine a country? Palestine isn't a country, so there should be no embassy here," Bolsonaro said weeks ago. "You don't negotiate with terrorists."
"Bolsonaro stood out among the many candidates for including the State of Israel in the major speeches he made during the campaign," Israel’s honorary consul in Rio, Osias Wurman, told JTA last week. "He's a lover of the people and the State of Israel."
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