Benjamin Netanyahu Set For First Trip By Israeli PM To Brazil

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left center is received by Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro at the military base Fort Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro Brazil Friday Dec. 28 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left center is received by Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro at the military base Fort Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro Brazil Friday Dec. 28 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left center, is received by Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro at the military base Fort Copacabana, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018.

Netanyahu's high hopes to secure a public commitment over Bolsonaro's campaign and post-election promise, to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, went unanswered This despite the PM's pledge to "speak about that in our first meeting".

Netanyahu, the first Israeli prime minister to visit Brazil, flew in to Rio de Janeiro to meet with Bolsonaro, an ideological ally who takes office on January 1 after his election victory in October.

The visit by Netanyahu, Israel's first Prime Minister to visit Brazil, follows a November 1 tweet by Bolsonaro stating his intention to move the Brazilian Embassy to Jerusalem.

A senior State Department official said Pompeo was eager to talk with Bolsonaro about his plans for exerting Brazil's sovereignty in dealing with other nations and with worldwide organizations. We will meet and discuss new directions for our nations.

Netanyahu made his Brazil trip despite domestic political turmoil in Israel and a spike in military volatility in neighboring Syria.

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Bolsonaro said Tuesday he is looking to import Israeli technology to produce water for Brazil's parched northeast.

Netanyahu, before boarding his flight to Brazil, expressed similar optimism about meeting Bolsonaro. He said that for his country to overcome obstacles, "we need good allies, good friends, good brothers, like Benjamin Netanyahu". He also spoke of cooperation in military and agriculture matters.

Netanyahu said that his visit to Brazil "heralds a historic moment".

Both Netanyahu and Bolsonaro admire Trump, and are keen to forge closer relations between their countries. Brazil has traditionally backed a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Reports indicate he will also meet with Pompeo in Brazil.

Other prominent dignitaries scheduled to attend the ceremony include U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez.

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