Brazilian President Visits The Kosel

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro visited the Kosel during a trip to meet Israel’s prime minister. It’s not the first time a foreign leader visited the wall but is a pretty ‘big deal.’

Trump’s visit to the Kosel in a public-setting changed the landscape and made it ‘normal’ to do so.

His unprecedented step could be seen as a tacit recognition of Israeli sovereignty over that location in Jerusalem’s Old City, which the international community generally considers occupied Palestinian territory.

After the Brazilian president placed a note in one of the cracks, the two leaders leaned against the ancient stones for several seconds in quiet contemplation.

Meeting Netanyahu on Sunday, Bolsonaro announced the opening of a “trade, technology and innovation office” that would be “an official office of the Government of Brazil, in Jerusalem,” the prime minister said.

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