It appears that Washington is eager to support right-of-center leaders in Latin America after the “pink tide” of leftist governments in the region has, at long last, ebbed. So far, Brazil and Guatemala have followed the White House’s lead and moved to relocate their country’s embassies in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. And on the sidelines of the inauguration of Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil’s new president this week, President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras signals intent to join the crusade.
Netanyahu and Pompeo held an unusual three-way meeting in Brasilia on Tuesday designed to coax Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez into recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the embassy from Tel Aviv within the next two months, said the official, who was present at the gathering.
Hernandez had said he wanted “a few minutes” with Pompeo, which Netanyahu arranged via the trilateral meeting, the official said. The Trump administration’s top diplomat was in Brazil for the inauguration of President Jair Bolsonaro. Netanyahu and Hernandez were part of a roster of international leaders attending the festivities that also included Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera.