How long will Israel wait for Brazil's approval?

Dani Dayan and PM to hold face-to-face meeting Thursday over Brazil's delay in approving his ambassadorial appointment.

Nitsan Keidar ,

Dani Dayan
Dani Dayan

A decisive meeting between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his would-be ambassador to Brazil, Dani Dayan, will be held Thursday at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, Arutz Sheva has learned. 

At the meeting, Netanyahu will listen to Dayan's thoughts on the current situation, in which his appointment has been left hanging for months in the absence of an official refusal or confirmation from the government in Brasilia. 

Earlier in the week, the former Yesha Council chair criticized Israel's actions in the matter asserting that the Foreign Ministry's policy of inactivity under the assumption things would simply work out was misguided. 

Since setting up the meeting with the Prime Minister, however, Dayan has preferred not to speak to the media and instead wait for Netanyahu's assessment.  

In recent days, Arutz Sheva learned Thursday, efforts headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, under Netanyahu's direction, to advance Brazil's approval of the appointment faced numerous setbacks. 

The difficulties were apparently a result of the complicated political situation in Brazil as well as the fact that most of the country's politicians are identified as pro-Palestinian and are unenthused about accepting an ambassador with ties to Judea-Samaria. 

Israel has so far attempted to exert pressure on Brazil's diplomatic representative in Israel as well as various officials in the country itself. It is not, however, relying on support from Brazilian Jews because the community is considered very politically weak. 

In spite of the pressure, earlier this week, a senior government official told Reuters Brazil is not planning to approve the appointment. 

The comments came hours after Israel held an emergency meeting on the subject of Dayan’s appointment, initiated by Hotovely.

Israel has admitted the present situation is both complicated and difficult - and Netanyahu is expected to ask Dayan how long he is willing to wait assuming the appointment proceedings, whether approved or not, will be extended. 

It is quite possible Dayan will tell the Prime Minister he prefers to vacate his appointment, rather than have a refusal from the Brazilian government attached to his name. This could happen now or later in the process if progress remains at a standstill. 

Due to the current situation, the Israeli embassy in Brazil remains without an ambassador after Israel's previous ambassador, Dr. Reda Mansour, finished his term and returned home.

Israel is considering, though cautiously, keeping low level representation in charge of the embassy in place of sending a new ambassador to Brazil, as a counter-snub to Brasilia if Dayan's appointment is not confirmed.