Israel wants Dani Dayan to be its next ambassador to Brazil. Brazil has said, "no can do."
Dayan is unwelcome in Brazil because he's not from Israel. He's from the Palestinian's Occupied Territories. Dayan is an illegal settler. Brazil, like almost all nations in the world, doesn't care for Israel's endless occupation, usurpation and exploitation of the Palestinian's homeland. Netanyahu's response, to paraphrase, is 'fuck you, take him or else.'
"The State of Israel will leave the level of diplomatic relations with Brazil at the secondary level if the appointment of Dani Dayan is not confirmed," Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely - herself a supporter of the settler movement - told Israel's Channel 10 TV, saying Mr Dayan would remain the sole nominee.
She said Israel would lobby Brasilia through the Brazilian Jewish community, confidants of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and direct appeals from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Brazilian government officials declined to comment on whether Ms Rousseff would accept the nomination of the Argentine-born Mr Dayan. But one senior Foreign Ministry official told Reuters: "I do not see that happening".
Brazilian MP Carlos Marun earlier said Mr Dayan's appointment was comparable to "Germany sending a Nazi prison guard as an ambassador to Brazil, or South Africa sending a former apartheid torturer". He said the appointment was "an insult".
The Brazilian government official, who asked not to be named, said Israel would have to choose a different envoy because the choice of Mr Dayan has further worsened relations that turned sour in 2010 when Brazil decided to recognise Palestinian statehood in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, which Israel captured in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and settled.