Thursday, December 21, 2006

Key Israeli envoys appointed

From » Israel Dec. 20, 2006 By HERB KEINON ...

Former Foreign Minister director-general Ron Prosor was named Israel's new ambassador to Great Britain...

...The ministry also announced the appointment of Yuval Rotem to Australia, to replace Naftali Tamir.

...Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni made good on her promises to promote diplomats from inside the ministry to top positions, and - in addition to the position in London - replaced political appointments to Tokyo, Manila and Los Angeles with career diplomats.

...Nissim Ben-Sheetrit...was named Israel's new envoy to Japan, and Yaakov Dayan...was named counsel-general in Los Angeles.

Other notable appointments included Ran Curiel... who was named envoy to the European Union; Mark Sofer...ambassador to India; and Amos Nadai...who was appointed to Beijing.

Gabi Levy was named ambassador to Turkey; Zvi Aviner-Vapni to the Philippines; Rafi Shutz to Spain: Aliza Ben Nun to Budapest; Tamar Sam-Esh to Brussels; Oren David to Bucharest, and Yisrael Mei Ami to Kiev.

In addition, Amir Gissin was named the consul general in Toronto.

All of the appointments will now go to the government for its approval, a process that is usually a formality, and the new envoys are expected to take up their posts in the summer.

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