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PM mulls second controversial ambassador to Brazil

Less than a year after Brazil’s unprecedented rejection of a former settler leader as Israeli ambassador, Netanyahu is considering a candidate reportedly with no diplomatic experience to represent the state in Latin America’s largest nation.

Yossi Sheli, a former businessman who once was barred from public office for three years, has no state advocacy credentials, Ynet reports.

Sheli was barred from public office after admitting he had not declared his political affiliation, despite being a Likud member, at a time when he acted as chairman of the Israel Postal Company’s board of directors and director-general of Beersheba municipality.

In 2012, Sheli signed a plea bargain in which he admitted to the charge of breach of statutory duty without permission. According to the deal, he was forbidden from serving the state until June 2015.

The Prime Minister’s Office has already approached the Committee for Appointments in the Foreign Service seeking its approval for Sheli’s nomination, Ynet says.

— JTA

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