Prominent right-wing activist and former head of the Yesha Council settler organization Dani Dayan will be Israel’s next ambassador to Brazil, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday.
“I am confident that Dani Dayan will bring his extensive experience to the position and help deepen the relations between Israel and Brazil,” Netanyahu said in a press statement.
Argentine-born Dayan is a staunch opponent of the two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, and has been active in promoting Jewish settlement in the West Bank. Ahead of the elections earlier this year, Dayan placed 21st on the Jewish Home party’s Knesset list, which did not earn him a seat in parliament, but later announced he was leaving the party.
“I accepted the challenge posed by the prime minister to deepen and improve the relations between Israel and Brazil,” Dayan said following his appointment. “I assured the prime minister I would not spare any effort or creativity in fulfilling the strategic task given to me.”
“While I did not commit to Israel returning with a gold medal from the 2016 [Olympics in] Rio [de Janeiro], we all hope that we will,” Dayan quipped.
Dayan, 60, was born in Buenos Aires and immigrated to Israel with his family at age 15. He later began working for a software firm and shortly afterward co-founded his own, the hugely successful Elad Systems. At the age of 50, he sold his share of the company and devoted himself to full-time political activism.