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Dani Dayan has an unusual background for an Israeli diplomat. The Argentinian-born secular Israeli and successful tech entrepreneur was Israel’s chief advocate for the settlers from 2007 to 2013 as chairman of the Yesha Council, the umbrella organization of municipal councils of Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Upon stepping down, he took the settler cause to the world stage as its foreign envoy. After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to appoint him ambassador to Brazil ran into resistance in Brasília, Dayan was assigned to be the consul general of Israel in New York City in 2016. Below is an excerpt from an interview with Dayan conducted by Moment editor-in-chief Nadine Epstein.
What do you tell people who say settlements are the obstacle to peace?That that’s a factual mistake. There is one obstacle to peace. All the others are technicalities. The obstacle to peace is the Palestinians’ adamant refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist. And the most important word is “right.” There are Palestinians who recognize Israel’s de facto existence, but that makes for amnesty. That does not make for peace. You don’t compromise with someone you continue to believe stole your land. As long as the Palestinians continue to see Israeli Jews as non-indigenous to the land that we call Israel and they call Palestine, there’s no chance for the compromise that is needed. That’s why, from 1936 to 2014, every instance in which a peace deal was offered we accepted and they rejected. read on...
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