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Newsline: Israel presses Brazil to accept 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 a standoff with the Israeli government. 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. Israel’s previous ambassador, Reda Mansour, left Brasilia last week and the Israeli government said Brazil risked degrading bilateral relations if Mr 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,” deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely told Israel’s Channel 10 TV, saying Mr Dayan would remain the sole nominee. Brazilian government officials declined to comment on whether Ms Rousseff will accept the nomination of the Argentine-born Dayan. But one senior foreign ministry said: “I do not see that happening.”



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