The Israeli Foreign Ministry has retracted an announcement that it was withdrawing the nomination of Danny Dayan as ambassador to Brazil.
Spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon says that the earlier announcement “was an unfortunate administrative bureaucratic mistake.”
Earlier Thursday, the Foreign Ministry announced it is seeking a new nominee, a move that would have ended a standoff with Brazil over the nomination of a former head of the Yesha Council, a representative body of Jewish communities in Yehudah and Shomron.
In January, the Brazilian president’s adviser on foreign affairs Marco Aurelio Garcia said Dayan’s nomination was “a false step” by Israel.
Garcia said that Dayan is known to hold opinions contrary to two points of Brazilian policy — its condemnation of the Jewish communities in Yehudah and Shomron and its support of a future Palestinian state.
In 2010, Brazil recognized the state of Palestine along the pre-1967 lines.