Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says it is only a matter of when, not if, Brazil moves its embassy to Jerusalem.

Netanyahu made the statement Sunday during a meeting with Jewish community members in Rio de Janeiro.

Netanyahu is in Brazil to attend incoming President Jair Bolsonaro’s Jan. 1 inauguration, the first ever visit by an Israeli prime minister to the largest country in Latin America, the 8th largest economy in the world, the fifth most populous country in the world and home of the the largest Arab population outside the Middle East with some 10 million people.

Netanyahu stopped a few days early in Rio to meet with Bolsonaro as well as members of the local Jewish community, whom he addressed at the Kehillat Yaakov synagogue in Rio de Janeiro. Approximately 120,000 Jews live in Brazil, the 9th biggest in the world.


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