Brazil will move embassy to Jerusalem: Netanyahu

Brazil will move embassy to Jerusalem: Netanyahu

And President Bolsonaro will move the embassy as well.

Brazil entered a new chapter in its history on Tuesday, January 1, embracing a far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, whose determination to break with decades of centrist rule has raised both hopes and fears. Since a US -led invasion in 2003 toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, a Sunni Muslim, Israel has anxious that Iraq's Shi'ite majority could tilt towards Iran. In his speech to Congress on Tuesday, Bolsonaro struck a conciliatory tone, saying "I reaffirm my commitment to building a society without discrimination or division".

The pair were surrounded by dozens of guards on horseback and plain-clothes bodyguards who ran alongside them.

Once inside Congress, Mr Bolsonaro and his vice president, retired Gen Hamilton Mourao, took the oath of office.

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During his presidential campaign, far-right Jair Bolsonaro said he was considering placing Indigenous affairs under the Ministry of Agriculture, alleging lands should be opened to commercial activities that are now banned.

He promised to combat the "ideology of gender" teaching in schools, "respect our Judeo-Christian tradition" and "prepare children for the job market, not political militancy".

For example, he has threatened to pull out of the Paris climate accords, and said he will relocate Brazil's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

Environmentalists were aghast when Mr Bolsonaro announced that as part of his drive to streamline Brazil's government, he would merge the ministry of agriculture and that of the environment.

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As he spoke, supporters began to chant "Myth!" The increased security came at the request of the incoming president, who was stabbed in the stomach during a campaign rally in September. Military tanks, fighter jets and even anti-aircraft missiles will also be deployed.

Journalists attending the inauguration complained about their treatment after they were required to arrive at the event seven hours early. "They were major thieves", she said. Many Brazilians, wary of established politicians after a corruption scandal tainted vast swathes of the country's political elite, saw in Bolsonaro an outsider they could trust.

Right-winger Jair Bolsonaro keen to turn country into bastion of conservatism in Latin America. He also supports reform of Brazil's state pension, which allows retirement on close to... More than 63,000 people were killed a year ago.

In his interview, he said "we will debureaucratize to the maximum possible" and "clean out" the government so its "weight" is cut back. Leftist president such as Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Miguel Diaz-Canel of Cuba - who Bolsonaro has deemed dictators - were not invited.

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Bolsonaro and Netanyahu talked up their budding "brotherhood" ahead of the inauguration.

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