The unlikeliest player in Trump’s border standoff? Israel’s prime minister.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández in Brasilia on Jan 1, 2019. (photo: Office of the Hondura Presidency / Reuters)
Netanyahu brokering deal for Honduras to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in effort to boost his upcoming election.

By Adam Taylor | The Washington Post | Jan 2, 2019

If Honduras follows through with the move, it will please both Trump and Netanyahu.

Last week, the Trump administration criticized Honduras as being weak on immigration. President Trump wrote in a tweet that Honduras was “doing nothing” about a new caravan of migrants allegedly forming in the nation and threatened to cut off US aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

This week, officials from the two countries met in Brazil to hash out their differences, moderated by an unlikely figure: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu took part in the Tuesday meeting between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández. All three men were in Brazil for the inauguration of President Jair Bolsonaro, which also took place Tuesday. An Israeli official told the newspaper Haaretz that the meeting was arranged by Netanyahu at the request of Hernández, who sought the Israeli leader’s help in dealing with the United States.

In return, Honduras pledged to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in what could be another boost for Netanyahu ahead of parliamentary elections in April.

Before Pompeo left for Brazil, it was not clear whether he would meet with Hernández. Briefing reporters, a senior State Department official said before the trip that Trump expected Honduras and other governments to do more to stem the outflow of migrants to the United States and that “there will be consequences if they do not.”

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