Israel Presses Brazil for Answer on Ambassador

YERUSHALAYIM (AP) -
Dani Dayan The head of the Yesha Council (an umbrella organization of Jewish municipal communities in the West Bank) seen during a protest outside the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, Israel, June 05, 2012, calling to cancel the Prime Minister's plan to evacuate the Ulpana outpost in Beit El. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90 *** Local Caption *** àåìôðä àåäì îçàä áéú îùôè àåäì áéú àì ãðé ãééï
Dani Dayan. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israel’s designated ambassador to Brazil, Dani Dayan, says Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has encouraged him to push forward with his candidacy, despite apparent Brazilian concerns over his former position as head of the Yesha Council, a representative body of Jewish communities in Yehudah and Shomron.

In a radio interview on Wednesday, Dayan said he recently met with Netanyahu. He said the prime minister “asked me to persevere in my candidacy and not to withdraw it, since there are diplomatic repercussions.”

Dayan was appointed to the post last August. However, Brazil has still not responded to an Israeli request to give him credentials, in what is seen as a protest against Israeli construction in Yehudah and Shomron.