Is­rael, Brazil near to diplo­matic stand­off

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY SHIRA RUBIN

IS­RAEL AND Brazil re­main at log­ger­heads five months af­ter Brazil re­fused to recog­nise Is­rael’s ap­point­ment of a right-wing set­tler as its next en­voy to the South Amer­i­can coun­try.

If Brazil for­mally re­jects the ap­point­ment, as is ex­pected, Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu will not send a re­place­ment en­voy. Such a move would be a “de-facto degra­da­tion in re­la­tions” be­tween the two coun­tries, ac­cord­ing to a Chan­nel 2 re­port last week.

The tapped diplo­mat, Danny Dayan, is an im­mi­grant from Ar­gentina and a for­mer head of the Ye­sha Coun­cil, the rep­re­sen­ta­tive or­gan­i­sa­tion of the West Bank Jewish set­tler com­mu­nity.

The ap­point­ment prompted con­dem­na­tion from the Brazil­ian govern­ment, which has ad­vo­cated for an in­de­pen­dent Pales­tinian state and hit out at West Bank set­tle­ments.

“Set­tlers are Zion­ist agents that the world can­not ac­cept, they steal oth­ers’ land, they are an in­sult to Brazil, to the govern­ment, and to mil­lions of Brazil­ians with roots in the Arab world,” said Brazil­ian MP Car­los Maron.

Last month, 40 for­mer Brazil­ian di­plo­mats signed a pe­ti­tion say­ing that Is­rael had failed to heed pro­to­col. Rather than first check­ing its ap­point­ment with Brasilia, Mr Dayan’s ap­point­ment had been an­nounced on Twit­ter.

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