Israeli settler-turned-diplomat takes up top spot in New York next week

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Dani Dayan speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Jerusalem, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Incoming consul general Dani Dayan will become the face of Israel to largest Jewish community outside Jewish state

ed note–remember, when we are talking about the ‘settlers’, we are talking about hard-core, irrational Judaic nutcases who take literally all that Torah-based nonsense about the Jews being ‘God’s chosen people’ destined to ‘rule the world with a rod of iron’. His job therefore is going to be furthering the interests of those nutcases not only in expanding the Jewish state to its Torah-based borders, but as well seeing to it that America operates in complete conformity with many other of those equally-insane Torah passages, a few of which read as such, to wit–

‘When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are to possess and casts out the many peoples living there, you shall then slaughter them all and utterly destroy them…You shall save nothing alive that breathes…You shall make no agreements with them nor show them any mercy. You shall destroy their altars, break down their images, cut down their groves and burn their graven images with fire. For you are a holy people unto the LORD thy God and He has chosen you to be a special people above all others upon the face of the earth…”–Book of Deuteronomy

‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. You can will them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.” (Leviticus 25:44-46)

“Foreigners will rebuild your walls, and their kings will serve you…Your gates will always stand open, day and night, so that people may bring you the wealth of their nations, and their kings led in triumphal procession, for the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish; it will be utterly destroyed.”–Isaiah 60:10-12

‘On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abraham, saying “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river Euphrates”…–Genesis, 15:18

Furthermore, the casual mention of Dayan’s having served in the IDF in a ‘computer unit’ means he is a spy and will be overseeing the present network of sayanim operating within the US, and particularly in bugging the phones/computers of elected officials, diplomats, etc, for blackmail purposes. 

His being fluent in Spanish should also not be overlooked as South America is dead-center within Israel’s sights in terms of political/economic penetration, given as pro-Iran and pro-Russia as it is now.

Times of Israel

For years, Dani Dayan was the West Bank settler movement’s face to the outside world. Next week, he’ll become the face of Israel to much of North America.

Dayan takes office August 1 as Israel’s new consul general in New York, overseeing his country’s biggest diplomatic mission and serving as its representative to the world’s financial and cultural capital.

He will also be in charge of outreach to the largest Jewish community outside Israel at a time of disagreements over Mideast peace and Jewish pluralism.

Dayan’s appointment reflects the settler movement’s strong influence in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. It’s also a personal victory for Dayan, whose previous appointment as ambassador to Brazil was scuttled earlier this year, apparently because of Brazil’s opposition to his settler ties. The international community, including Israel’s closest friends, opposes Israeli settlements on land captured in the 1967 war, saying they undermine prospects for establishing an independent Palestinian state.

Dayan, a personable and soft-spoken former high-tech businessman, downplayed the blowup with Brazil, saying he only accepted the appointment under pressure from Netanyahu while the New York post was always his first choice.

“I want to be at the forefront of Israel’s diplomacy, and the forefront of Israel’s diplomacy is New York,” Dayan told The Associated Press.

Dayan will be responsible for a five-state territory that is home to some 40 percent of the American Jewish population of 6.8 million. New York and New Jersey alone have more than 2.2 million Jews.

Dayan will find communities that may have a strong affinity for Israel but also strongly disagree with his government’s policies, particularly the younger generation.

“Most Jews are liberal, many are highly liberal,” said Steven M. Cohen, an expert on the American Jewish community at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. “Those who are — generally younger, non-Orthodox, highly educated and US-born — are likely to care little about Israel and care even less for the policies extolled… by Israel’s new consul general.”

Peter Beinart, a prominent liberal commentator, predicted Dayan will be welcomed by the mainstream American Jewish leadership and socially conservative Orthodox Jews.

But “for progressive Jews, he’ll be just one more reason to feel alienated from a government they already consider morally alien,” Beinart said.

Dayan said he welcomes the opportunity to discuss the rifts. He said he plans to spend a “hugely disproportionate slot” of time meeting with Israel’s supporters disenchanted with Netanyahu’s policies.

“I don’t come to New York to preach to the choir,” Dayan said. “I definitely intend to engage.”

A 2013 Pew Research Center poll found widespread skepticism among American Jews about Israel’s commitment to peace with the Palestinians and strong opposition to settlement construction in the West Bank.

Also, the two largest streams of American Jewry, the Reform and Conservative movements, have feuded with Israel’s government over what they say are broken promises to establish an egalitarian prayer site at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.

Dayan said his past work as head of the Yesha settlement council and his personal opposition to a Palestinian state are irrelevant. He said his job in New York is to represent all Israelis, Jews and Arabs alike, maintain bipartisan support for Israel and represent his government’s policies — not his personal opinions.

That means defending Netanyahu’s stated commitment to a two-state solution with the Palestinians and resolving the Jerusalem prayer issue.

With religious parties in the government opposed to a liberal prayer area at the Western Wall, Dayan vowed to help find a solution that avoids confrontation and “guarantees every Jew basic rights for worship.”

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, the largest stream of American Jewry, said he welcomed Dayan’s openness and promised a “respectful” relationship. But he predicted tough conversations ahead.

“I think in a majority of North American Jewish communities his views are not anywhere near where our community is,” he said.

The 60-year-old Dayan said his diverse background and record as a bridge builder will serve him well. Born in Argentina, he immigrated to Israel as a teenager in 1971. A native Spanish speaker, he says he will use his language skills to reach out to American Hispanics.

In his youth, Dayan served seven years in an Israeli military computer unit and then founded an information technology company that grew to 600 employees before he sold his interest in 2005. He subsequently led the Yesha settlers’ council. He lives in Maalei Shomron, a settlement northeast of Tel Aviv. In contrast to the stereotypical religiously motivated West Bank settler, he is secular and cosmopolitan.

The only groups he plans on avoiding are those who reject Israel’s right to exist.

“Those are fanatics. There’s no point in engaging them,” he said. “I am a deep believer in putting even the delicate issues on the table as long as we do it in a dignified way, in a way that does not insult.”


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