Brazil Official Criticizes Israel’s Choice for Ambassador

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -

The Brazilian president’s special adviser on foreign affairs has spoken out against Israel’s nomination of Dani Dayan, a former head of the Yesha Council, a representative body of Jewish communities in Yehudah and Shomron, to be their new ambassador to Brazil.

Marco Aurelio Garcia told the state-run Brazil media channel that the nomination of Dani Dayan was a “false step.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu nominated Dayan to be his envoy to Brazil last August, but Brazilian officials have not yet responded. They also have not commented on the reasons behind the delay.

But Garcia said Tuesday that Dayan is known to hold opinions contrary to two very important points of Brazilian policy — its condemnation of the Jewish communities in Yehudah and Shomron and its support of a future Palestinian state.