When US President Donald Trump boldly chose to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in May, Palestinians were unsurprisingly outraged. As were many leaders in Muslim nations.
The moral outrage echoed by the left-wing pollies and their media mouthpieces in the West was more surprising.
Negotiations towards lasting peace and a two state solution, one which would see Palestine recognised as sovereign state as it should be, have been stalled for decades. The conflict between the two neighbours is entering its fourth generation.
Clearly, the status quo will only deliver more of the same…endless conflict. High time then, to break clear of the status quo.
As Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm stated recently:
‘Israel’s capital is Jerusalem. Furthermore, moving it would be an acknowledgement that Israel controls Jerusalem, and acknowledging facts is an important prerequisite for successful negotiations.’
Morrison is considering moving Australia’s embassy too
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is considering following Trump’s lead, which could help set the stage for successful negotiations.
But he’s been beaten to the punch by Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, who’s not the type to be intimidated by threats from nations like Indonesia.
‘As I said during the campaign, we are planning to move the Brazilian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel is a sovereign state and we respect it,’ Bolsonaro tweeted yesterday.
Guatemala, with 17 million citizens, is the only other nation to follow the US in moving its embassy to Jerusalem to date.
But Brazil’s move is far more significant. The South American nation has a population of 210 million people. And it holds a lot of political sway on the continent.
As the DPA reports, Bolsonaro — ‘the Brazilian Donald Trump’ — agrees with US policies on several significant issues. Those include the threats posed by China’s growing economic power, and his criticism of Venezuela’s leftist regime.
Bolsonaro is a former army captain. After handily winning Sunday’s presidential election, he will be sworn in to office on 1 January.
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