Even though occupation is illegal according to U.N. AND INTERNATIONAL LAW !Basically Netanyahu is pressuring Brazil to commit international crime against humanity.
Why Brazil still hasn’tapproved Israel’s ambassador
Dayan is the former head of the Yesha Council, a representative body of Jewish
settlements in the occupied West Bank. Most countries, including Brazil, view the
settlements as illegal and an impediment to the creation of a future Palestinian
state. Israel disputes that. The United States calls the settlements “illegitimate.”
JERUSALEM — Israel and Brazil are locked in a rather undiplomatic standoff over the appointment of a new Israeli ambassador to the Latin American country.
Tensions began in September when Israel presented credentials for Dani Dayan, selected for the post by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Usually, it takes just weeks for a country to approve a new ambassador, but Israel is still waiting.
Dayan is the former head of the Yesha Council, a representative body of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. Most countries, including Brazil, view the settlements as illegal and an impediment to the creation of a future Palestinian state. Israel disputes that. The United States calls the settlements “illegitimate.”
A few weeks after Netanyahu’s office announced Dayan’s appointment — in August via Twitter — some 30 left-wing groups in Brazil, including pro-Palestinian committees, socialist parties and trade unions, signed a manifesto in protest.
In Israel, former Israeli diplomats opposed to the appointment met with Brazil’s ambassador, Henrique Sardinha Pinto, expressing concern that Dayan’s commitment to the continued existence of settlements was at odds with Brazil’s stance regarding the West Bank.
Meanwhile, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, battling a recession and impeachment proceedings, needs support from groups on the left.
While Brazil has made no official comment about Dayan, unofficially it is angry that Israel chose someone so provocative and that he was named publicly before Brazil had time to respond.
“There is an initial surprise with the proposal of this gentleman as ambassador, for what he represents. But this surprise gained another dimension when it was done the way it was done,” said a Brazilian government official with 20 years of diplomatic experience, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the subject publicly.
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