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State of Israel

Brazil-Israel relations are marked by cordiality and a positive bilateral agenda. The presence of a significant Jewish community in Brazil, estimated at over 100 thousand people – the tenth largest in the world – makes Brazil a particularly important country for Israel.

Brazil and Israel established diplomatic relations in 1949. In 1951, the Brazilian Legation was established in Tel Aviv – elevated in 1958 to the rank of Embassy. Israel established its Embassy in Brazil in 1955.

Brazilian diplomat Oswaldo Aranha's decisive role at the session of the UN General Assembly which approved the partition of Palestine (1947), leading to the creation of the Israeli State, is still remembered by Israel. Since the 1940s, Brazil has supported the creation of two States and opposed the occupation of Palestinian territories by Israel, encouraging the parties to seek a negotiated solution that would enable the two States, Israel and Palestine, to live side by side, in peace and security.

In recent years, bilateral high-level visits have multiplied. In 2009, President Shimon Peres came to Brazil. In 2010, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva visited Israel, the first official visit of a Brazilian Head of State to that country. Vice-President Michel Temer visited Israel in 2013, on the occasion of President Shimon Peres’ 90th birthday.

Chronology of bilateral relations

1947 – With a favorable vote of Brazil and presided by Brazilian diplomat Oswaldo Aranha, the General Assembly of the United Nations approved the partition of Mandatory Palestine into two states, by its resolution 181 (II) of November 29th

1949 – Establishment of bilateral relations

1951 – Vice-President of Brazil Café Filho visits Israel

1951 – Opening of the Brazilian Legation in Tel Aviv

1955 – Opening of the Embassy of Israel in Rio de Janeiro

1958 – Elevation of the Brazilian Legation in Tel Aviv to the status of Embassy

1959 – Minister of Foreign Affairs Golda Meir visits Brazil

1970 – Minister of Foreign Affairs Mário Gibson Barbosa visits Israel

1971 – Transfer of the Israeli Embassy to Brasília

1973 – Minister of Foreign Affairs Abba Eban visits Brazil

1987 – Minister of Foreign Affairs Shimon Peres visits Brazil

1995 – Minister of Foreign Affairs Luis Felipe Lampreia visits Israel

2005 – Vice-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert visits Brasília

2005 – Minister of Foreign Affairs Celso Amorim visits Israel

2006 – Minister for Education Fernando Haddad visits Israel

2007 – Minister for the Environment Marina Silva visits Israel

2008 – Minister of Foreign Affairs Celso Amorim visits Israel

2009 – Minister of Foreign Affairs Celso Amorim visits Israel

2009 – Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liebermann visits São Paulo and Brasília

2009 – President Shimon Peres visits Brasília, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro

2010 – President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva visits Israel

2010 – Mercosur-Israel Free Trade Agreement enters in force in Brasil

2010 – Minister of Defense Nelson Jobim visits Israel

2010 – Minister of Foreign Affairs Celso Amorim visits Israel

2010 – Minister for Tourism Luís Eduardo Barretto visits Israel

2010 – Chief Minister of the Cabinet of Institutional Security, General Jorge Armando Felix, visits Israel

2011 – Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development Orit Noked visits Brazil

2011 – Minister for Industry, Trade and Work Shalom Simhon visits Brazil

2011 – Vice-Prime-Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya’alon visits Brazil

2011 – Minister for National Integration Fernando Bezerra visits Israel

2012 – Minister for Science and Technology Daniel Hershkowitz visits Brazil

2012 – Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonio de Aguiar Patriota visits Israel

2013 – Minister for Health Alexandre Padilha visits Israel

2013 – Vice-President Michel Temer visits Israel

2013 – Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Marcelo Crivella visits Israel

2015 – The Speaker of the Lower House of Congress, Eduardo Cunha, visits Israel

2016 – Minister of Education Naftali Bennet visits Brazil

2016 – Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev visits Brazil on the occasion of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

2016Minister of Foreign Affairs José Serra visits Israel on the occasion of the funeral of former president Shimon Peres (September 30)

2018 – Visit of Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira to Israel (February 27-28) [Adopted acts]

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