Ron Prosor 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
More than six months after Gavriella Shalev returned from the UN, the cabinet on
Sunday finally named Ron Prosor as the country’s permanent envoy to the
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu praised Prosor, currently serving
as ambassador to the UK, telling Sunday’s cabinet meeting that he was an
excellent envoy in London, and that his appointment at this time at the UN was
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No successor for Prosor in London has yet been
Prosor’s appointment comes at a time of increasing isolation for
Israel, and amid concern that the UN might unilaterally recognize a Palestinian
state in September.
The announcement comes three weeks after the Prime
Minister’s Office leaked that Prosor would indeed get the UN post, and that he
would be replaced in London by National Security Council head Uzi
This announcement set off a political struggle between Netanyahu
and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, with Lieberman saying that the Prosor
appointment was his idea, but that Arad would not be going to
Arad then announced that he was resigning, to return to
A farewell ceremony for Arad was held in the Prime Minister’s
Office on Sunday. He is, however, expected to remain nominally in his post until
he can hand over the position in an orderly fashion to his
Maj.-Gen (res.) Yaakov Amidror, a former head of the IDF’s
research and assessment division, and Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad, head of the
Defense Ministry’s diplomaticsecurity bureau, remain the two main contenders for
the job, but it is not clear when an announcement will be made.
Minister’s Office confirmed that in addition to naming a new head of the
National Security Council, Netanyahu will also appoint a new foreign policy
adviser – a position that Arad also filled. The Prime Minister’s Office
approached Brig.-Gen. (res.) Michael Herzog for the position, but he is
reportedly not inclined to accept it.
Regardless of who becomes the
foreign policy adviser, Ron Dermer, Netanyahu’s senior adviser, is expected to
continue in his role as the primary interface inside the Prime Minister’s Office
Prosor, a former Foreign Ministry director-general, will
replace Meron Reuben, who has temporarily filled in at the UN since August.
Prosor has also served as the ministry’s spokesmen, as well as in senior
capacities in the embassies in the US and Germany.
The cabinet also
approved the appointments of Alon Ushpiz to New Delhi; Dan Ashbel to Helsinki
and as nonresident ambassador to Estonia; Ilan Mor to Budapest; Chaim Shacham as
consul-general to Miami; and Dan Shaham as ambassador-atlarge to a number of
countries in southern Africa.
Shaham will replace Ilan Baruch, who sent a
letter last week to his Foreign Ministry colleagues saying he was taking early
retirement because he could no longer represent the policies of this
Senior officials in Lieberman’s bureau, however, said Baruch
had put himself up as a candidate for the empty ambassadorial post in Cairo a
year ago, and when he did not get that job, started the process of early
retirement some six months ago.