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When the killer becomes a hero: Brazilian president’s son glorifies heroes of Fauda series  

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Transferring the Brazilian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is back on the table. This time, however, it’s thanks to Brazilian president’s son Eduardo Bolsonaro in an interview with Israeli Ambassador to Brazil Yossi Shelley, in the series Brazil Needs to Know on his YouTube channel on 24 October.

The discussion extended for more than an hour, and several topics were raised such as transferring the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem, celebrating the Arab-Israeli normalisation deals, criticising the previous Brazilian governments for recognising the Palestinian state and glorifying the heroes of the Fauda series. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his son launched a new phase of Brazil’s foreign policy and its relationship with Israel – a completely new chapter in foreign relations and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

“We are waiting for the transfer,” indicated Ambassador Shelley, recalling President Bolsonaro’s promise. The Israeli ambassador requested during the interview for the Brazilian government to keep their promise and move the Brazilian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Parliamentarian Eduardo Bolsonaro was surprised and laughed, but signalled to agree with the ambassador.

Brazil’s intention to move its embassy to Jerusalem was first announced in 2018 after Bolsonaro won the presidential election, but Bolsonaro retracted his promise in May. He visited Israel in March 2019 and was expected to announce whether he planned to move the Brazilian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Instead, Bolsonaro announced that Brazil would open a commercial office in Jerusalem.

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In December 2019, Brazilian parliamentarian Eduardo Bolsonaro came to Israel and opened APEX-Brasil’s trade office in Jerusalem, and reported through The Times of Israel that it was the first step towards moving his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem sometime........

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