Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gave a tacit nod in the direction of Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem – including in the Old City – when he visited the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s most holy sites, together with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Brazilian right-wing leader, who has spoken passionately of the Judeo-Christian roots that bind both countries, is a passionate supporter of Israel.
On Monday, he entered the history of the modern Jewish state by becoming the first sitting world leader to visit the Western Wall together with a sitting Israeli prime minister.
They were received by the Rabbi of the Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz and Director of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation Mr. Mordechai (Soli) Eliav.
Accompanying the president was philanthropist Meir Nigri, a donor to the International Online School by the Shluchim Office and many other Chabad causes.
Nigri, along with Brazil Shliach Rabbi Yossi Schildkraut, recently met with the Brazilian President and relayed blessings for his success.
The president delivered a personal prayer and put a note between the stones of the Western Wall.
He later signed the guest book and wrote: “I believe in God.”
Upon his departure, the president received a gift of an elegant album of the Western Wall Tunnels and a Mamluk oil lamp as a souvenir from Jerusalem.
The president was impressed and very moved by the visit. He said that he had already visited the Western Wall, but this is his first time in the Western Wall tunnels and that he understands the importance of the Western Wall to the Jewish people and even prayed there.
“We are here in this sacred place, where my soul feels deeply moved by the faith,” Jair Bolsonaro said. “This is the base of everything if we want to think about peace to our peoples.”