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Brazil’s Lula fires Israel ambassador as part of pro-Palestine shift

Former President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro was a strong supporter of Israel and friend of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Brazil’s ambassador to Israel was dismissed on Thursday as the country's new President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva moves the country toward a more neutral position on Israel-Palestine, and therefore on a more turbulent with the Benjamin Netanyahu government.

The Brazilian Foreign Ministry said Ambassador Gerson Menandro Garcia de Freitas has been relieved from his duties in Tel Aviv, according to a press release. 

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