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Benjamin Netanyahu seeks to consolidate a relationship with Brazil that is favorable to Israel's interests in the region.
The head of Israel's government, Benjamin Netanyahu, traveled to Brazil to attend the inauguration of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, during the first visit of an Israeli prime minister (PM) to the South American country.
Before boarding the plane, Netanyahu said that Brazil has "enormous potential for the State of Israel, both in the economic sphere and in security and politics."
Such an assessment is based on the fact that Bolsonaro promised shortly after being elected, last October, to move Brazil's embassy to Jerusalem, an action that contradicts the vast majority of nations which still have embassies in Tel Aviv.
"Israel is a sovereign country and we must respect that absolutely," the Brazilian president tweeted, at the time.
At the last weekly meeting of the Israeli cabinet before the trip, Netanyahu referred to the economic expectations of his five-day visit.
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