The former army captain and a far-right politician, Jair Bolsonaro has won a sweeping victory in the presidential election of Brazil, with 55.2 per cent votes against 44.8 per cent for Fernando Haddad of the left-wing Workers’ Party.
The victory of the President-elect Bolsonaro has been a good news particularly for the conservatives, who believe that it will partner with the Trump administration to obstruct the influence of socialist regimes in the Latin America, bringing new hopes to the region.
The conservatives also believe that he will back the pro-Israel, anti-Iran drive of the United States President Donald Trump in the Middle East.
A Heritage Foundation research fellow,James Roberts, told The Washington Examiner, “It is an important, maybe watershed, moment. It’s very positive, I think, for Brazil. It’s positive for Latin America and, I think, for U.S.-Brazil relations.”
The Brazilian President-elect vowed to stamp out corruption in the country and said “We are going to change the destiny of Brazil.”
The White House said that Trump called Bolsonaro to congratulate him, and both men expressed a strong commitment to work together.
On the other hand, for the left-wing, the rise of Jair Bolsonaro has renewed the worries about the declining liberal values and the escalating international populism across the world.
Bolsonaro has a history of inflammatory rhetoric, and is known for making offensive and controversial declarations. The Guardian described him as a “far-right, pro-gun, pro-torture populist.”
It is being asserted that his anti-corruption campaign provide a foothold for cooperation on a range of counter intuitive foreign policy issues in the region, with the US.
Bolsonaro’s son, Eduardo to Bloomberg, “Pro-Iranian position? It’ll change. Our side is being against Hamas, Hezbollah, the Islamic State.”
The comments from Eduardo suggest a challenge to a significant threat of Iranian terrorism in the Western Hemisphere, which is often overlooked.
In 2012, Matthew Levitt, of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, wrote, “Iran has vastly expanded its presence in South and Central America, opening new missions and populating them with far more people than required for normal diplomatic duties.”
“Iran’s increased presence in the southern half of the Western Hemisphere presents a clear and present danger to U.S. security,” He continued.
It is being asserted that Jair Bolsonaro may also follow the lead of Trump in moving the Brazilian Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which might be welcomed by the US President as a sign of solidarity.
A senior Senate Republican aide told The Washington Examiner, “Every major country that embraces Israel and/or moves the embassy is an enormous deal. There is also a more subtle dynamic of a BRICS country being one of the countries that are doing it. … There are now two of the BRICS countries that are [pro-Israel].”
Speculations have been made that Brazil is joining India as one of the five major emerging market “BRICS” societies — after Russia, China and South Africa — to adopt pro-Israel polices. That is being seen as the major point of concord with a US government, which wants trade relationships with developing economies and a long-term partnership to counter Russian and Chinese aggression.
Nicknamed as ‘tropical Trump’, Jair Bolsonaro has made several controversial remarks on women, gays, blacks and other minority groups, as highlighted by The Guardian. Besides, his thoughts appear to be reflecting those of Trump. With the rising anti-Semitism in the United States, the victory of the Brazilian President-elect could amplify the Trump effect on the America.