Danon's hawkish views prompting media criticism of his appointment, minister says

August 16, 2015 09:21


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Media criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to appoint Likud power broker Danny Danon as the next ambassador to the United Nations stems from his right-wing positions, a government minister charged on Sunday.

Zeev Elkin, the minister of immigration and absorption, told Army Radio that "if it was [the head of Peace Now] Yariv Oppenheimer who was appointed to the position, then everybody would praise the decision."

"It is permissible to appoint a right-winger to be envoy to the UN," Elkin said. "It is permissible to fight for Israel's positions."

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