Former Israeli diplomat Ron Prosor being wooed by three parties

"Even after 30 years of public service, I have plenty more to contribute to the state," Prosor said.

December 31, 2018 19:27
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Ron Prosor. (photo credit: COURTESY ISRAELI EMBASSY TO US‏)


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Israel’s current Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon decided against running for the next Knesset but one of his predecessors may end up a candidate.

The Jerusalem Post learned from political sources on Monday that at least three parties, including Yesh Atid and Yisrael Beytenu, are wooing decorated former diplomat Ron Prosor to run on their lists in the April 9 election. Prosor is expected to make a decision about whether to run – and if so, with whom – by the end of next week.

“Even after 30 years of public service, I have plenty more to contribute to the state,” Prosor said. “The upcoming elections are indeed an opportunity, but I have not yet made a decision about whether to enter politics.”

Prosor, 60, is currently the Abba Eban Chair of International Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and a distinguished fellow at the Hudson Institute.

In his more than two decades with the Foreign Ministry, Prosor served as ambassador to the UN, director-general of the ministry, ambassador to the United Kingdom, and in roles in Washington, London and Bonn. He was instrumental in establishing diplomatic relations behind the Iron Curtain following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and was a member of Israel’s delegation to the Wye River Summit talks in 1998.

The Knesset might have lost a key former diplomat this week when former ambassador to the US Michael Oren announced that he was leaving the Kulanu Party. But Oren has not ruled out remaining in politics.

Oren was one of two American-born MKs in the outgoing Knesset, along with Yehudah Glick (Likud), and it is still unclear whether there will be any in the next one. Prosor was born in Kfar Saba but speaks eloquent English.

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