On an early May night, against the improbable backdrop of rain, the Ambassadors’ Club of Israel founder and president, the colorful Yitzhak Eldan, moderated an intimate dinner at a very Israeli type of agora: the trendy Kitchen Market restaurant at the Tel Aviv Port. The event, which made Greek Ambassador to Israel Spiros Lampridis accessible to a small group of under 15, mirrored the mission of the Ambassadors’ Club: To bring ambassadors and their governments closer to Israeli society in “less official” capacities that complement the activities of the Foreign Ministry.

With time for informal speeches, Q&A and one-on-one networking, the Israeli participants – prominent businessmen and women whose interests include shipping, aviation, Israeli radio stations, a concierge service and real estate, and several of whom serve as honorary consuls of countries such as Latvia, Sierra Leone and El Salvador – learned that Ambassador Lampridis has spent over 30 years in the diplomatic service, much of it in Brussels at the EU and NATO – despite what he says is his disposition against violence. It is the witty diplomat’s second post in Israel, his first being when he served at a young age as the Greek Embassy’s first secretary.

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