Britain's first Jewish ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould and his wife Celia had their first sabra baby girl on Friday.

Baby Rachel Elizabeth was born early Friday morning at the Lis Maternity Hospital in the Tel Aviv Medical Center.

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"We are both incredibly happy and proud new parents," Gould said. "We are very grateful for the fabulous care we've received and all the mazel tovs we've been sent."

"Now all we need is several weeks' sleep," he added.