Israel’s consul general in New York, Dani Dayan, is the settlement movement’s foremost advocate.
Willfully controversial, he was rejected by Brazil when he was appointed ambassador to the country two years ago, but has adapted smoothly to the diplomatic role he plays in the Big Apple, speaking out eloquently on behalf Israel to the American public and winning the hearts and minds of those who don’t necessarily agree with his politics.
An immigrant from Argentina, Dayan began his career as an early high-tech entrepreneur, but cashed out in favor of political activism. For six years, Dayan served the settlers as chairman of the Yesha Council, an umbrella organization that represents the Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria, and as the council’s chief foreign envoy, earning Dayan the nickname of “the settlers’ foreign minister.”
Asked whether former President Obama or the settlers won the political struggle over settlements, Dayan said, “There’s no doubt the Yesha Council won. … I am convinced that at some point in my tenure as chairman, the settlement in Judea and Samaria became irreversible.” (Photo credit: Amir Levy/Flash90.)