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Israel’s New Man in New York – Carol Giacomo (NYT via Daily Alert)

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  • Israel’s New Man in New York – Carol Giacomo
    Dani Dayan, 60, an immigrant from Argentina and a Spanish speaker, is Israel’s new consul general in New York. Dayan met with the New York Times Editorial Board this week.
    Dayan: “Any position that does not preclude Israel’s right to exist, is legitimate….Groups that are pro-Israel, that are empathic towards Israel – they love Israel but criticize it, sometimes strongly, and have been disenchanted with Israel on some of its policies or even most of its policies with the current government – they are not only legitimate interlocutors, in some sense they are going to be my main interlocutors in the Jewish community. Look, I didn’t come here to preach to the choir. I will allocate a disproportionate amount of my time to those that in some sense love Israel but are disappointed.”
    “Prime Minister Netanyahu is committed to establishing the Palestinian state as a way to achieve peace if it is a demilitarized Palestinian state and it recognizes Israel as a Jewish state and there are security arrangements that will prevent further attacks on Israel. I think that I do not disagree with Prime Minister Netanyahu in the perception that it is not going to happen in the near future and the reason it’s not going to happen has nothing to do with Israel or with the settlements. It’s 100 percent because of the Palestinian positions.”  (New York Times)
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