Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro to move embassy to Jerusalem

Brazil's Bolsonaro wants Israel embassy moved to Jerusalem

Brookfield Is Ready to Double Down on Brazil Under Bolsonaro

"The opportunity to implement a strong anti-corruption and anti-organized crime agenda, with respect for the constitution, the law and rights, led me to take this decision", Moro said in a statement.

Israel considers the entire city its capital, while the Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, with worldwide consensus being that the status of the whole city must be negotiated between the two sides. Paraguay also relocated its embassy, only to move it back to Tel Aviv following the election of the country's new President, Mario Abdo Benítez.

A Brazilian Anti-corruption Judge Sergio Moro, who contributed to Jair Bolsonaro's election victory by jailing his main rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, will become Justice Minister under the far-right President.

Angered by Trump's move, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas boycotted his administration, saying Washington is no longer qualified to serve as the sole mediator in the decades-long conflict with Israel, and that an global mechanism should be devised to replace the U.S. in the so-called peace process.

President-elect Jair Bolsonaro has reaffirmed a plan to move Brazil's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following in the path of the United States and Guatemala, The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday.

Bolsonaro also said that Israel could count on Brazil's vote on matters concerning the Jewish state at the United Nations.

While the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war - as the capital of a future state.

Bolsonaro has outraged many with his derogatory comments against women, gays and blacks, and his support for the torture used by Brazil's brutal military regime (1964-1985).

On Tuesday, Bolsonaro's future chief of staff, Onyx Lorenzoni, had said the decision was final, but the president-elect said that "in all probability" he would end up abandoning the plan.

He repeated his oft-used line that environmentalists are "Shiites", a word he uses to imply extremism.

But on Wednesday night, a Bolsonaro ally said the president-elect had not yet made up his mind regarding the merger.

Although politicians of all stripes have fallen, Moro has been accused of being particularly merciless on the left - especially Lula, Brazil's president from 2003 to 2010, who remains a popular, if divisive, figure and had been trying to stage a comeback.

That, he said, includes "several cases when he acted to interfere in the dynamics of Brazilian politics", such as by leaking wire-tapped phone calls of Lula and impeached former President Dilma Rousseff that played a part in the downfall of both.

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