Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu mobilized an IDF search & rescue mission on Saturday night after speaking with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, offering to immediately dispatch aid & assistance following the dam-collapse disaster.
An Israeli army delegation departed for Brazil on Sunday morning to assist in search and rescue efforts following the collapse of a disused dam that killed at least 34 people and left hundreds missing.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mobilized the IDF rescue mission on Saturday night after speaking with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and offering to immediately dispatch aid to assist in the search for survivors of the dam collapse. Continue Reading »
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly said he plans to move Brazil’s embassy to Jerusalem, is scheduled to visit Israel for 4 days one week before Israel’s elections and is likely to use the opportunity to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
By Ariel Kahana
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will arrive in Israel on March 31 for a four-day visit, Israel Hayom has learned, just one week ahead of Israel’s general elections on April 9.
In closed talks with Bolsonaro during a historic visit to the South American country in late December, the Brazilian leader reiterated to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu his intentions of relocating the Brazilian Embassy to Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
With the newly elected Brazilian President promising the visiting Israeli Prime Minister that he intends to move the embassy to Jerusalem, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman threatened sanctions because such a move “will not help with peace, stability, security,” although, the Islamic republic’s relations with Brazil “will eventually be continued.”
By Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff
Iran has denounced plans by Brazil’s newly elected president to move its embassy to Jerusalem.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Monday that such a move “will not help with peace, stability, security and retrieval of the Palestinian people’s rights.”
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He added, however, that “relations with Brazil will eventually be continued.”
Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the first Israeli leader to officially visit Brazil, that it was a question of ‘when rather than if’ he moves the Latin American country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro told him that it was a matter of “when, not if” he moves his country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
The far-right Bolsonaro, who takes office on Tuesday and is hosting Netanyahu and the leaders of other counties for his inauguration, has said he would like to follow the lead of US President Donald Trump and move the embassy. Continue Reading »
Arab League tells President-elect Jair Bolsonaro that relocating the embassy to Jerusalem would be considered a ‘violation of international law’ and could harm relations with the Arab world.
• Brazil’s halal meat exporters’ lobby opposed embassy move.
By Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff
The Arab League has told Brazil’s right-wing President-elect Jair Bolsonaro that moving Brazil’s Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would be a setback for relations with Arab countries.
Such a move by Bolsonaro, who takes office on Jan. 1, would be a sharp shift in Brazilian foreign policy.
Brazil’s new President-elect Jair Bolsonaro – Photo: agenciabr
Ambassadors from Arab nations are expected to meet in the capital Brasília on Tuesday to discuss Bolsonaro’s plan to follow U.S. Continue Reading »
Departing from Brazil’s decades-old stance of voting against Israel at the United Nations, son of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro pledges Brazil’s support at the diplomatic arena.
• Incoming president has vowed to be pro-Israel.
By Sandra Rejwan
The symbolic victory against Hamas at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, in which 87 nations supported a draft resolution condemning Hamas, marked another milestone: Brazil took an unprecedented step by siding with Israel and the U.S.
The U.S.-sponsored text would have for the first time condemned the Islamic terrorist group Hamas, which controls Gaza. Although it won a plurality of votes in the assembly, it failed to win the required two-thirds majority. Continue Reading »
READ: President-elect of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro, gives his first foreign media interview to an Israeli daily, promising that Israel can count on Brazil’s vote, saying, ‘I love the Israeli people and Israel.’
• Jair Bolsonaro, ‘As a sovereign state, Israel is the only one that can decide its capital.’
By Boaz Bismuth
Until a few weeks ago, Jair Bolsonaro, now the president-elect of Brazil, was a little-known legislator. No one thought he would go on to become the leader of the country. But on Wednesday, a week after he astonished everyone by winning the presidential election in Brazil – the largest democracy in Latin America – Bolsonaro chose Israel Hayom for what appears to be his first interview with the foreign media, and made it clear that his support for Israel and promises about Jerusalem were not just an election gimmick. Continue Reading »
The Brazilian press reports a local man & Israeli, suspected of being part of a drug smuggling network, were arrested in São Paulo with the aid of Israeli authorities.
By Itamar Eichner & Tomer Ganor
Brazil’s GloboNews reported on Friday that the country’s federal police has arrested two men—one Brazilian and one Israeli—in São Paulo. The two reportedly had 300 kilograms of cocaine in their possession at the time of their arrest, and are suspected of belonging to a drug smuggling network.
The alleged drugs confiscated in Sao Paulo. – Ynet screenshot of GloboNews report
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According to GloboNews, the arrest was performed in cooperation with the local Israeli consulate.
Brazil’s Foreign Minister Jose Serra says his gov’t will change its vote on the UNESCO resolution, which declared Jewish sites ‘Muslim’ as “a pretext of the Arab world to spread hatred against Israel.”
Brazil’s Foreign Minister Jose Serra intends to change Brazil’s anti-Israel vote given in April at a United Nations session, where rights for cultural assets in the areas conquered in the Six-Day War were discussed, Brazilian media reported.
Jewish Worshiper at the Kotel (Western Wall) – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
Serra was tapped by new acting president Michel Temer.
The text of the resolution passed at the 199th session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, does not recognize a Jewish connection to the Western Wall and the Temple Mount and calls Israel an “occupying power.” Continue Reading »
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews launches a new campaign to raise support for Israel among Brazil’s evangelical community, which is world’s largest following US.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) has long sought to foster understanding between Jews and Christians in North America, and now in a new campaign it is looking south to Brazil’s growing evangelical Christian population.
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein at Baptist Church of Jardim Sao Paulo – Photo courtesy of The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
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IFCJ founder and president Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein is currently in the middle of a two-week trip to a number of mega-churches throughout Brazil, in an effort to create new support for Israel and Jewish issues.
Delegation representing over a dozen Israeli water companies was sent to visit Brazil in order to aid the country overcome its ‘water challenge.’
By Hillel Fendel
No fewer than 13 Israeli water companies participated in a “water delegation” to parched Brazil just before Passover – in an effort to help the country overcome what officials call its “water challenge.”
Water – illustrative
Brazil is currently experiencing its worst water shortage ever, due to increased water use, low rainfall levels, and low infrastructure investments. The Israeli economic offices in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, in cooperation with Israel NewTech and the Israeli Export Institute, organized the delegation. Continue Reading »