Re: Taipei Times (Reuters) 12/29/15Israel presses Brazil to accept new pro-settler ambassador
Brazil’s reluctance to accept an Israeli ambassador who is a West Bank settler has set off a diplomatic crisis and led to concerns in the Israeli government that the clash could encourage pro-Palestinian activism against it.
The appointment four months ago of Dani Dayan, a former head of the Jewish settlement movement
, did not go down well with Brazil’s left-leaning government, which has supported Palestinian statehood in recent years.
Most world powers deem the Jewish settlements illegal.
Former Israeli ambassador to Brazil, Reda Mansour, left Brasilia last week and the Israeli government on Sunday said Brazil risked degrading bilateral relations if Dayan were not allowed to succeed him.
“The State of Israel will leave the level of diplomatic relations with Brazil at the secondary level if the appointment of Dani Dayan is not confirmed,” Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely told Israel’s Channel 10 TV, saying that Dayan would remain the sole nominee.
She said Israel would lobby Brasilia through the Brazilian Jewish community, confidants of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and direct appeals from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Brazilian government officials declined to comment on whether Rousseff would accept the nomination of the Argentine-born Dayan.
However, one senior Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs official told Reuters: “I do not see that happening.”
The official, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak on the matter, said Israel would have to choose a different envoy because the choice of Dayan has further worsened relations that turned sour in 2010 when Brazil decided to recognize Palestinian statehood in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, which Israel captured in a 1967 war and settled.
This artificially constructed diplomacy nightmare calls for 'lobbying' by Brazil's Jewish community to the president, with implied pressure to come in the manner of unstated consequences for failure to comply with the appointment.
Not just an advocate, and not even 'just' an illegal settlement resident, this guy represented the whole nasty settler land apartheid land grab blitz. So, the posting is a blatant insult to basic civilized values and he shouldn't be used as a symbolic ploy to bargain for a bad deal.
Brazil has to turn him down and ignore the pleas. What will be the outcome?