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Israel Backs Down in Standoff Over Brazil Envoy, Assigns Dayan to New York

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Dani Dayan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he will re-assign Dani Dayan as Israel’s consul general in New York, ending a months-long standoff with Brazil over Dayan’s original appointment to the South American country.

Brazil refused to accept Dayan’s initial appointment due to pressure from Brazilian lawmakers over Dayan’s former leadership of the Israeli settlement movement in Judea and Samaria. One Brazilian lawmaker even likened Dayan to a Nazi concentration camp guard.

“It would be like Germany sending to Brazil a former concentration camp commander as an ambassador, like Chile sending to Brazil an ambassador who is a prison guard from the dictatorship, or South Africa sending a prison torturer from the apartheid regime,” Brazilian MP Carlos Marun said in August.

The Israeli government refused to back down from the Dayan appointment for months, but on Monday, Netanyahu said in a statement that Dayan “will replace Foreign Ministry career official Ido Aharoni, who is completing his term” in New York.

“Those who don’t want me in Brasilia will get me in the capital of the world, and to me that is a victory,” Dayan said Monday about the decision at an anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement) conference hosted by Yedioth Ahronoth. “I believe I can revolutionize Israeli public relations in the US, whose beating heart is in New York.”

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  • Jonah

    Hurray we need him in the U.S. Let the crocodiles and the Mosquitos have Brazil. Between the nazi influence and the Iranians in South America Brazil is going to the dogs”. But let’s not forget they are hosting the Zika Olymics. That is a welcome to the worlds woman to come as you are and go home with a shrunken head compliments of Brazil. Got milk?….no but we have mosquitos and the Zika virus.

  • Mike

    MPCarlos Marun has a great deal to learn about WWII, Nazis, concentration camps, genocide and Israel as he is so misinformed and ignorant of these that he makes this totally erroneous comparison. Or could it only be his antisemitism showing? Elevating Dani Dayans appointment should clearly transmit to Marun Israels disregard of him.