Jair Bolsonaro, the newly elected president of Brazil — his four-year term starts in January 2019 — is a Catholic married to an evangelical Christian and he is a strong supporter of Israel.
During his victory speech on Oct. 28, broadcast from his home, there was a Jewish menora in the background. Bolsonaro’s middle name, Messias, is the Arabic word for messiah.
Bolsonaro once declared, “My heart is green, yellow, blue and white,” a reference to the colors of the Brazilian flag and the Israeli flag, reported the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA).
Bolsonaro “has declared he will move the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv,” said the JTA. “His first international trip as president, he said, will be to Israel, with which he will seek to broaden the dialogue. And he promised to close the Palestinian embassy in Brasilia.”
“Is Palestine a country?” said Bolsonaro several weeks ago. “Palestine is not a country, so there should be no embassy here. You do not negotiate with terrorists.”