Israeli UN ambassador resigns

By JPOST.COM STAFF
June 20, 2010 02:04

Gabriela Shalev has represented Israel since 2008.

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Gabriela Shalev

Gabriela Shalev 311. (photo credit: Shahar Azran)

Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Gabriela Shalev, has resigned, Israel Radio reported Saturday night.

The ambassador has signed an agreement to head Ono Academic College's academic board next school year, and notified Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman of her resignation.

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Shalev, a law professor and former Academic President of Ono Academic College, was chosen to replace Dan Gillerman as ambassador to the UN in 2008 by then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

During her tenure as ambassador, Shalev has dealt with diplomatic crises, such as the Goldstone report and the Gaza flotilla. She has called for sanctions against Iran, saying "our main goal at this crucial time is to show the world how dangerous Iran is."

A replacement for Shalev has not been announced, but Israel Radio reported that Yaffa Zilbershatz, the head of Bar-Ilan University's law school, and Yossi Gal, Director-General of the Foreign Ministry, are being considered for the job.


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