According to the source, members of the incoming government are warning President-elect Jair Bolsonaro of the risk of a possible move to Brazil’s embassy headquarters in Israel, a confidential source told Reuters.
The transfer of the Tel Aviv headquarters to Jerusalem could bring consequences to the country, especially in the commercial field.
Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of meats to Arab countries, which are against the position of recognizing Jerusalem as exclusively Israeli territory.
Some countries of the so-called Arab League warned that a move could shake trade between Brazil and its nations and Brazilian exports could be compromised.
“Jair Bolsonaro has been alerted to the importance of the Arab countries for the Brazilian agricultural sector,” the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity. “It’s billions a year.”
The agricultural sector was one of the main supports obtained by Bolsonaro during his presidential campaign and the congressional bench will be fundamental for the approval of structural reforms planned by the future government.
The source pointed out, however, that Bolsonaro wants to make a gesture of “liking” Israel as a way of approaching strategy with the country aligned with the United States.
“He (Bolsonaro) would like to approach Israel, which has his admiration, through this diplomatic gesture,” the source stressed.
The Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu has been in Brazil since last week and last Friday he met Bolsonaro. He is also going to the inauguration of the president-elect in the federal capital on Tuesday.
Over the weekend, Netanyahu said that Bolsonaro confessed to him the desire to transfer the embassy in Israel and that the question was when will this occur and not if it will happen.