Brazil Will Move Its Embassy Slowly
By Micah Halpern
Friday March 29, 2019
I've Been Thinking:
In order to succeed in diplomacy one needs both patience and realism. Sometimes huge bold pronouncements are simply election slogans. On a practical scale it is difficult to snap your finger and accomplish big changes.
So I was not surprised when I saw that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro changed his tune about moving his country's embassy to Jerusalem.
The Israeli press covered the announcement as a walk back of the decision. The Arabic press covered it as a decision reversal.
Just like Honduras, Brazil will open an office - not an official embassy - in Jerusalem. The message sent by the Brazilian foreign ministry was that they will be opening a business office in Jerusalem. It is the first step in the process that will ultimately lead to an embassy in Jerusalem.
The date, Guatemala has moved their embassy to Jerusalem. Last week, Hungary opened a diplomatic trade mission in Jerusalem. Romania announced that they will be moving their embassy. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila of Romania made that announcement at the AIPAC conference.
Others, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Australia are all discussing it.
It will happen, it will happen in stages and it will take time.
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