Ron Prosor 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
A Foreign Ministry committee approved the appointment of Ambassador Ron Prosor to the post of ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday. Prosor was previously the ambassador to London.
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The committee, headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, also appointed Alon Oshpiz as ambassador to India; Dan Ashbal as ambassador to Finland; Dan Shaham to the post of ambassador at large in Africa; and Haim Shaham as consul-general in Miami.
The appointments were expected to be approved by the government on Sunday.
Two weeks ago, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman flexed his political
muscles when he announced that he would not accept Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu’s decision to appoint National Security Adviser Uzi
Arad as ambassador to London.
Netanyahu’s office had leaked to Yisrael Hayom
newspaper that he had decided to appoint Ron Prosor as the next
ambassador to the United Nations and that Arad would replace Prosor in
Lieberman, who was enraged to learn about Arad’s appointment from the
newspaper, called him and told him he was staying in Jerusalem.
Lieberman said he respected Arad and considered him a knowledgeable
person with good connections internationally but that due to the
circumstances, he would not be ambassador in London. He said he
preferred to appoint an experienced candidate from the Foreign Ministry,
noting that the ministry had diplomats who were born in London.
Following the political struggle between the premier and foreign
minister, Arad officially requested to resign from his current post last