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Oy Veh! Brazilian President Rejects Extremist Settler Leader as Israeli Envoy

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As the largest country in South America and one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, Brazil is viewed in Jerusalem as an important strategic and economic partner, but sparks are now flying over a controversial diplomatic appointment...

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NO: Brazilian President Rousseff rejects Israel’s appointment of Jewish extremist to diplomatic post.


Times of Israel

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has told Israel that she is unhappy with the appointment of former settler leader Dani Dayan as ambassador to her country, the Ynet news site reported Sunday.

Rousseff is worried that accepting Dayan as ambassador would be understood as support of Israeli settlements, the report said.

The communique reportedly came as part of back-channel messages between Rio de Janeiro and Jerusalem in an attempt to warn Prime Minister Netanyahu not to go ahead with the appointment. While the rejection of an ambassador by a host country is rare, governments sometimes encourage the withdrawal of certain appointments to avoid diplomatic confrontations.

Rousseff has faced pressure from dozens of Brazilian organizations to reject Dayan based on his background representing the umbrella settlement movement Yesha Council. In August, a petition was presented to the Brazilian government calling the appointment “a violation of the international legitimacy and sovereignty of Brazil.”

If Israel goes ahead with the appointment as planned and receives a formal rejection from Brazil, it would be seen as diplomatic crisis, damaging the closer ties the two countries have developed in recent years…

Continue this article at Times of Israel


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