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Rejected by Brazil, Israeli settler leader Dani Dayan given diplomatic post in US

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Last year Brazil refused to accept Israel’s bid for settler leader Dani Dayan to become the country’s next Israeli ambassador. According to a statement from Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office today, Dayan will now take a post in U.S. as the newest Consul General in New York instead.

Dayan will replace Ido Aharoni who worked in Israel’s foreign ministry for more than two decades.

The announcement this morning puts an end to months of disagreement between Israel and Brazil that began last year after Israel made public its intent for Dayan to become the Israeli ambassador to Brazil. Breaking diplomatic protocol Israel made the statement before disclosing their appointment to Brazil.

Dayan himself is a settler, living in Ma’ale Shomron in the northern West Bank. He immigrated to Israel from Argentina as a teenager, and made his professional start as the founder of an IT company.

Dayan is best known as the most successful advocate for Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied territories. He worked for the settler public relations firm, the Yesha Council, for 13 years years, of which the last five he severed as the group’s chairman before stepping down to begin a term as a foreign media advisor to Netanyahu.

Under Dayan’s tenure the Yesha Council was coined the “foreign ministry” for Israel’s settler movement, hosting international delegations in a role similar to Israel’s official ministry of foreign affairs.

Like most countries, Brazil considers Israeli settlements illegal and therefore his employment background was said to be a contradiction to their official foreign policy. Brazil backs a negotiated two-state agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, Dayan does not.

For Brazil, Dayan was not only a political issue but a procedural one. Last January, 40 Brazilian officials signed a letter in opposition to his nomination explaining Israel’s announcement on Dayan, which preceded consulting Brazil, constituted a “rupture with a diplomatic practice.”

As a result, the position of Israel’s next ambassador to Brazil was left vacant for months.

Dayan will now serve as the first diplomat who is also resides in a settlement. According to U.S. state department policy, America also views Israel’s settlements in occupied Palestinian territory illegal under international law.

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  1. CigarGod
    March 28, 2016, 10:20 am

    Has the u.s. state department accepted his appointment?

    • lonely rico
      March 28, 2016, 2:17 pm

      > CigarGod

      Has the u.s. state department accepted his appointment?

      If Netanyahoo didn’t bother running it by the Brazilians before the announcement of Dayan’s posting to Brasilia, do you imagine he would worry about the niceties of diplomatic protocol with the supine (“easily moved”) government of the USA ?
      The US State Department will accept the appointment because Netanyahoo wishes it.

      • Kay24
        March 29, 2016, 4:08 am

        “The US State Department will accept the appointment because Netanyahoo wishes it.”

        And we cannot have the lunatic throwing a tantrum and causing a scene now, can we?
        Nutty can easily move America, and he knows it.
        Dayan will end up being yet another manipulative official from apartheid land, twisting arms,
        playing victim, and getting American slaves to do whatever the hell the zionists want.
        A sorry state of affairs here in the US.

    • Eric
      March 28, 2016, 5:49 pm

      What’s to accept? To paraphrase the late, great Ariel Sharon: “Israel controls the US State Department, and the State Department knows it…”

  2. Rooster
    March 28, 2016, 12:55 pm

    Wow! The United States is accepting Brazil’s refuse instead of asking Brazil to dispose of the USA’s refuse?

    Strange times.

  3. Kay24
    March 28, 2016, 1:37 pm

    Wow, have we no shame taking a controversial Israeli official already rejected by another country? Do we take damaged goods because we want to please the apartheid state? It seems Brazilians are smarter than Americans, and have no hesitation rejecting zionists.
    I guess AIPAC will make sure he gets the red carpet welcome, and there will be plenty of zionists around to make sure he has a comfortable stay in New York.

  4. Kate
    March 28, 2016, 1:45 pm

    How did we get so lucky…

  5. HarryLaw
    March 28, 2016, 2:40 pm

    Some settlers move to occupied territory because of financial inducements others for ideological reasons, all are culpable to one degree or another in assisting well documented war crimes, Dayan being a former leader of the settlement enterprise could be regarded as a war criminal in breach of article 49.6 of the Geneva Conventions. But so too could former Foreign Minister Lieberman who lived in a settlement. Of course International law means nothing to US/Israel, who regard themselves as above it. By the way, how is the PA complaint to the ICC proceeding or am I being too naive?

  6. Mayhem
    March 29, 2016, 4:26 am

    Israel has enough countries in the world with which it can have open and honest diplomatic relations. It would be well advised to give Brazil the finger and let that country stew in its poverty and pollution.
    I fear for their local Jewish population who must be facing the brunt of anti-Zionism i.e. anti-Semitism.

    • amigo
      March 29, 2016, 10:48 am

      “Israel has enough countries in the world with which it can have open and honest diplomatic relations. It would be well advised to give Brazil the finger and let that country stew in its poverty and pollution.”mayhem

      Last week , you or one of your fellow apologists was telling the UK to f–k off. Not long before that it was the french who were on the chopping block.The Swedes were the target 4 or 5v weeks prior to that.The whole EU was villain of the month of Jan because they voted to label all goods coming from the illegal squatters.

      You keep this plan of action up , and Israel will be persona non grata in every capital on the planet.

      Correction—except maybe Micronesia.Keep up the good work mayhem.You are doing a “bang up ” job.

      • Kay24
        March 29, 2016, 11:53 am

        At the rate that Israel is p.off nations, insulting their officials, and criticizing those who speak openly of its crimes, Israel is further isolating itself from the world community. Already 32 nations (mostly Muslim nations) does not recognize the apartheid state. Let us not forgot Israel is one of the MOST disliked nations in the world.

        It is laughable when its apologists keeps dismissing any nation that stands up to zioland, when we know how desperate they are to change world opinion of them, even paying brainless minions to spew the propaganda, hoping the lies will convince people that indeed Israel is the victim of those they occupy and steal from.

        At the end little Micronesia will be the only nation still supporting it.

      • amigo
        March 29, 2016, 1:48 pm

        “Let us not forgot Israel is one of the MOST disliked nations in the world.” kay 24

        I haven,t checked recently but in the BBC 2014 poll , Israel shared second place with Pakistan and North Korea pipped at the post by Iran.We all know why Iran took first place.Look for a juxtaposition in the top 2 spots in the next poll.Finally Israel will be given it,s just and well earned place at the pinnacle of most hated nations.It,s not as if they haven,t worked their busy little zio butts off to achieve it.

      • Kay24
        March 29, 2016, 2:12 pm

        I highly doubt Israel would have become very lovable these past few months. In fact it would be very interesting to see how it rates now, after the last massacre in Gaza. You cannot keep killing, stealing, and occupying, for years, and years, and expect the world to adore you – although you may have still have the devotion of Micronesia only.

      • a blah chick
        March 29, 2016, 5:05 pm

        I’m sure Israel will be more than happy to show their gratitude by taking in all those Micronesians made homeless in the wake of climate change.

      • echinococcus
        March 29, 2016, 5:42 pm

        Blah Chick,

        If “Israel” had any right to admit anyone on Palestinian soil without the Palestinians’ approval, then it wouldn’t be a criminal invader entity.
        Or, as the nice Greek saying goes, if my Grandma had wheels she’d be a bike.

  7. ckg
    March 29, 2016, 2:46 pm

    “According to U.S. state department policy, America also views Israel’s settlements in occupied Palestinian territory illegal under international law.”

    I wish that were the case, Allison. The watered-down U.S. State Department policy is, “We do not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity.” There is nothing in that craven policy statement about the illegality of settlement activity or even about the illegitimacy of currently-constructed settlements.

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