The Israeli governmentâ€™s nomination of Dani Dayan as its next ambassador to Brazil, and Brazilâ€™s delay in approving the appointment, is heightening diplomatic tensions between the two governments.One of the Brazilian governmentâ€™s main criticisms over the chosen Israeli ambassador is that Benjamin Netanyahu skipped all diplomatic protocols when announcing Dayanâ€™s appointment: it was not preceded by any communication with the Brazilian Foreign Ministry nor any presentation of his credentials for an agreement.
Furthermore, according to the PNN, it does not it does not help that Dayan is the former head of the Yesha Council, a representative body of illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, which Brazil considers an impediment to the creation of a future Palestinian state.
Speaking about the issue, Dayan stated in a recent interview:
â€śThis is taking things to a new level. This is the first time a country is labeling people. The E.U. ambassador in Israel told me that while they are against the settlements as a government policy, they are not against the people who live there.â€ť
Despite Israelâ€™s government efforts to maintain Dayanâ€™s appointment, on January 8, a group of 40 retired Brazilian diplomats signed a statement against it, restating discontentment with the way he was announced and with his role in the settlement movement.
â€śThere 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,â€ť said a Brazilian government official with 20 years of diplomatic experience, who spoke to an American news outlet on the condition of anonymity, as he was not authorized to discuss the subject publicly.
Below is a translation of the Brazilian diplomatsâ€™ statement:
‘We, the retired diplomats undersigned, remembering Ambassador LuĂs Martins de Sousa Dantas, who saved hundreds of Jews from the Holocaust; pride of the role played;
We, the retired diplomats undersigned, remembering Ambassador LuĂs Martinsâ€™ memory representing Brazil at the United Nations when, with Osvaldo Aranha as the President of the UN General Assembly, the creation of the State of Israel was approved;
We consider it unacceptable that the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has publicly announced the name of the person he intended to appoint as his countryâ€™s new Ambassador to Brazil before submitting it, in accordance to the norm, to our Government. This rupture with a diplomatic practice seems to have been on purpose, an attempt to establish facts, since the appointed, Dani Dayan, between 2007 and 2013, was the President of the Yesha Council, responsible for the settlements in the West Bank, which are considered illegal by the international community, and has already declared himself contrary to the creation of the Palestinian State, which counts on the support of the Brazilian Government and was already recognized by over 70% of the UN member States.
Under these conditions, we support the Brazilian Governmentâ€™s position on this issue and wish that the current episode is quickly overcome, so we can, together, strengthen the bonds between the two countries in a historical moment in which the conciliatory spirit becomes imperative.’
Amaury Porto de Oliveira
Armando Victor Boisson Cardoso
Brian Michael Fraser Neele
Carlos Alberto Leite Barbosa
Carlos Eduardo Alves de Souza
Edgar Telles Ribeiro
Fernando GuimarĂŁes Reis
Fernando Silva Alves
Geraldo Holanda Cavalcanti
Heloisa Vilhena de Araujo
Hildebrando Tadeu Valladares
Joaquim A. Whitaker Salles
JosĂ© MaurĂcio Bustani
JosĂ© Viegas Filho
Julio Cesar Gomes dos Santos
Luiz Augusto de Castro Neves
Luiz Felipe Lampreia
Luiz Orlando Carone Gelio
MarcĂlio Marques Moreira
Maria Celina Azevedo Rodrigues
Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg
Samuel Pinheiro GuimarĂŁes
Sergio Fernando Guarischi Bath
Sergio A. Florencio Sobrinho
Sergio Henrique Nabuco de Castro
VirgĂlio Moretzsohn de Andrade
Washington Luis P. Sousaâ€ť
Meanwhile, in Brazil, solidarity with the Palestinians against Israel’s illegal occupation and for a free and independent Palestinian State is growing, despite the national mediaâ€™s simplistic and overall biased coverage.
Recently, a BDS (Boycott, Divestments & Sanctions) campaign was launched to alert two of the main popular singers in Brazil, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, who sang in Tel Aviv last year.
They traveled despite the campaigns, but later, Veloso published an article condemning the Israeli occupation, saying he would never go back to Israel, and received heavy criticism from a portion of the Jewish community.