Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro arrives in Israel today for a four-day visit. Strengthening ties with Israel is a priority for Brazil’s millions of evangelicals, who helped voted Bolsonaro into office. The evangelicals are wanting the country’s embassy to be moved to Jerusalem, where they believe the second coming of Jesus will take place. The president depends on evangelicals and their large caucus in Congress to push his legislative agenda.
Arab nations nations are already speaking out against the move. Such a move “would change everything,” Palestine’s ambassador to Brazil, Ibrahim Alzeben, said in an interview. “We won’t accept it nor will any Arab country. Relations will change at all levels, even trade. We appeal to the president’s good sense to not do that.”