“What Trenton Makes The World Takes.”
Those are the words on a New Jersey bridge.
We can amend it. “What Brazil Rejects, NYC Gets.”
This morning, after months of fighting with Brasilia over Israel’s plan to appoint Argentina-born Mr. Dani Dayan as its new Ambassador to Brazil, Israel decided to assign Mr. Dayan to New York City as the new Consul General.
Dayan, to many, is a controversial leader of Israeli settlers who wants a one state solution. Dayan is an advocates of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. For six years he toiled as the chairman of the Yesha Council, the umbrella organisation of municipal councils for West Bank Jewish settlements.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry wrote that, “He will replace Foreign Ministry career official Ido Aharoni, who is completing his term.”
Diplomatic sources say that Brazilian officials were displeased by the way Israel announced the appointment of Dayan before quietly checking with them on whether he would be accepted. Wasn’t seen as very diplomatic. Three months ago, Deputy foreign minister of Israel Tzipi Hotovely said that if Dayan wasn’t installed in Brasilia, that Israel would downgrade its relations with Brazil. Yes, I am sure that scared them.
Dayan plans to “bring about a revolution in Israeli public relations in North America.” He will avoid Brazilian mosquitoes, but I doubt he can even bring about a small flame among Manhattan’s liberal synagogue members.