February 1, 2010

What Israel Needs in a UN Ambassador

Efraim Chalamish, Haaretz

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That the Ambassador to the UN is a position of great importance in Israel's diplomatic service is a given. The current Ambassador, Gabriella Shalev, will finish her term next summer, and various candidates' names have popped up both in the media and behind closed doors. It has been over 20 years since the position has been occupied by a professional Foreign Service diplomat and the public expects a political nomination. It is thus essential to reflect on the appropriate candidacy requirements, since potential disagreement between the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister might result in a decision made in the 11th political hour.

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