Israel concedes: Former settler leader Dayan will not be Brazil envoy

In a dramatic reversal, the Foreign Ministry on Thursday backtracked on appointing Dani Dayan as Israel’s next ambassador to Brazil, issuing a new tender for the post.

The appointment of Dayan, a former head of the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea and Samaria and a resident of Ma’aleh Shomron in Samaria, was never approved by Brasilia, which came under heavy pressure from Palestinians, left-wing NGOs, and left wing Israelis to reject him on the grounds that to accept him as envoy would be seen as legitimizing the settlements.


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