Israel gives up on Dayon as its new ambassador to Brazil


Israel formally gave up of nominating Dani Dayon as its next ambassador to Brazil, while Brazil accepted the nomination of a new name for the post of Israeli ambassador in São Paulo.

At the same time the Palestinian Authority inaugurated the first Palestinian embassy in the Western hemisphere.

The previous Israeli government’s nomination of Dani Dayan as its next ambassador to Brazil, ended up in diplomatic tensions between the two governments.

One of the Brazilian government’s main critics over Israel’s first choice was that Benjamin Netanyahu skipped all diplomatic protocols when announced Dayan’s appointment: it was not preceded by any communication with the Brazilian Foreign Ministry nor any presentation of his credentials for an agreement.

Furthermore, Brazil also did not see with good eyes the fact 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 as illegal and an impediment to the creation of a future Palestinian state.

After seven months of tensions, on Sunday the Israeli Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee finally declared that Dani Dayan would not be Israel’s choice for the new ambassador to Brazil.

Instead, they nominated, and the Brazilian government formally approved, Dorin Goren as Israel’s consul general in São Paulo on Thursday.

According to the Israeli media, Goren’s name was OK’d by Israel’s Cabinet on Jan. 17, but kept secret until Brazil signed off, in strict adherence to diplomatic protocol.

Goren, 60, is a seasoned diplomat with 30 years of experience. Born in Jerusalem, he served as second secretary at the Israeli embassy in Brasilia from 1987-1988. His master’s thesis was titled “Brazil’s re-democratization process in 1973-1985.”

He is fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish and served as ambassador to Uruguay. Furthermore, he held other diplomatic positions in Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority inaugurated its first embassy in the Western Hemisphere in Brasilia on the beginning of February.

“This is the conclusion of a dream of mine that was also a dream of colleagues that came before me in this mission in the last four decades. I hope that this is the beginning of a new phase in relations between Brazil and Palestine, that they can be closer and more diversified,” said Palestinian ambassador Ibrahim Alzeben

The embassy was built on land donated by the Brazilian government and is topped with a golden dome, resembling Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Brazil recognized Palestine as a state in 2010.