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Brazil – rejects new Israeli envoy for being settler leader

NAZARETH, (PIC)– Yedioth Ahronoth Hebrew newspaper disclosed that Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff rejects new Israeli envoy Dani Dayan as ambassador to Brazil due to being settler leader.

Bazilian President Dilma Rousseff asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel 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 for Israeli settlements, the report said.

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 40 Brazilian organizations who signed a petition 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 a diplomatic crisis, damaging the closer ties the two countries have developed in recent years.
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