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Netanyahu to attend inauguration of Brazil’s right-wing president

(JTA) – Israel’s prime minister said he will attend the New Year’s Day inauguration ceremony for Brazil’s newly elected president.

Benjamin Netanyahu told Jair Bolsonaro in a congratulatory telephone conversation on Oct. 29, about his intention to greet him in Brasilia, Folha de S. Paulo newspaper reported. The Israeli media confirmed the prime minister’s intention to travel to Brazil, citing an official in the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Brazilian right-wing lawmaker is a passionate admirer of Israel and has vowed to transfer the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Dubbed “Brazil’s Trump,” his candidacy divided Jewish voters.

“I am certain that your election will lead to a great friendship between our nations and to a strengthening of Israel-Brazil ties. I’m looking forward to your visit to Israel,” Netanyahu said, referring to Bolsonaro’s pledge to visit Israel on his first international trip as president.

Netanyahu would become Israel’s first sitting prime minister to visit the country. When David Ben-Gurion traveled to Latin America’s largest nation in 1969, he was no longer head of the Israeli government.

On his Facebook account, the 63-year-old Bolsonaro recounted the conversation with Netanyahu, who said that the “bonds of friendship will be translated into agreements where our people will be the greatest beneficiaries.” according to Folha de S. Paulo.

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