Israel FM Retracts Statement, Keeps Brazil Ambassador Nominee

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
Danny Dayan. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

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.