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Newsline: Brazil accepts Israeli ambassador, ending year-long diplomatic conflict

There hasn’t been an Israeli ambassador to Brasil since 2015, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Dani Dayan, who has been referred to as “the face of the Israeli settlement movement to the international community.” Yossi Sheli was announced as Israel’s new ambassador to Brazil, ending a year-long diplomatic conflict between Israel and Brazil. Unsurprisingly, Dayan’s appointment upset the Brazilian left, and Dayan did not take office while Brasil’s left-wing president, Dilma Rousseff, was still in power. Now that Rousseff has been impeached for financial misconduct and replaced by a centrist president, the time was right for a new appointment. Sheli is a Likud activist and former businessman with no diplomatic experience. He was barred from public service for three years due to a perjury indictment. Israel’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Sheli’s appointment “will promote friendship between the two countries and further relations across many spheres, including economy and trade. Brazil is the seventh largest economy in the world and the home of an important and Zionist Jewish community.”



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