(JTA) – An edited picture of Israel’s ambassador eating an expensive non-kosher delicacy made headlines in Brazil.
The Israeli embassy blurred with black ink what appears to be lobsters from a picture posted on social media on July 7 of Ambassador Yossi Shelley having lunch with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
While international media blamed the trick on the fact that the seafood is prohibited by Jewish law, Brazilians focused on the fact that lobster is a very expensive delicacy in the Latin American country.
Shelley and Bolsonaro have been close friends for some time. The controversial picture was taken at a seafood restaurant in Brasília before they went to watch the Copa America final match in Rio, where Brazil beat Peru 3-1, winning the championship.
Later, the ambassador posted several photos at the Macarana stadium expressing his personal effusive support for the Brazilian team.
“Difficult to describe the feeling of being present this night of great emotion for the Brazilian people. I already feel heartfelt as part of this beautiful country,” Shelley posted adding both the Israeli and the Brazilian flags united by a heart.