'Dayan will not be Israel's envoy to Brazil'

'Let's not delude ourselves,' asserts MK Berko at Knesset meeting after six months of silence from Brazil over the appointment.

Hezki Baruch ,

Dani Dayan
Dani Dayan

The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee held a discussion Sunday on the delayed appointment of former Yesha Council chairman Dani Dayan as Israel's ambassador to Brazil. 

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu appointed Dayan to the post in August - but Brazil never officially accepted or refused the appointment, preferring to wait until Jerusalem gets the hint. 

Its objections apparently stem from Dayan's ties to Judea-Samaria, which Brazil considers part of land to become a future Palestinian state.

MK Anat Berko (Likud) warned that Israel should be careful that the Dayan affair would not create a precedent whereby other countries try to dictate to Israel who its representatives will be. 

"We should not delude ourselves," she asserted. "Dani Dayan will not be ambassador to Brazil. We condemn Brazil's behavior. Those who do not want him as ambassador in Brazil need to make him ambassador to somewhere equally important."

The deputy chief of Latin America affairs at the Foreign Ministry, Moti Ephraim, noted during the discussion that Jerusalem had been waiting for six months for an answer from the Brazilian government. 

The Foreign Ministry had made clear that Netanyahu, the acting Foreign Minister, is putting pressure on Brazil in an attempt to resolve the matter. According to the Hague Convention, Brazil has up to one year to submit an official response.