Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Danny Danon speaks during a meeting of the UN Security Council at UN headquarters in New York, February 20, 2018.
(photo credit: LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS)
Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said that he will not leave his post to enter national politics for the upcoming elections on April 9, 2019.
“Under the leadership of Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Mission to the United Nations continues to achieve unprecedented accomplishments in the diplomatic arena,” Danon said Saturday. During this challenging period, I intend to continue advancing Israel’s position at the UN, and therefore I will not participate in these upcoming Knesset elections.”
Danon said added that the role of Israel’s ambassador to the UN “is one of great responsibility, and I will continue to strengthen Israel’s standing during this trying time.”
In August 2015, Danon, a Likud party stalwart, resigned from the government and flew to New York to take up the prestigious post of ambassador to the UN.
Danon first entered the Knesset via the Likud in the 2009 election, and has often taken positions on the party’s Right, unafraid to challenge Netanyahu on his policies, especially on settlements. He was a frequent visitor to the West Bank prior to his arrival in New York.
He has also run for Likud leader in the past, and has a strong base of supporters in the past, reaching ninth place on the party’s list in the 2015 election.
On Wednesday, reports circulated that Danon was planning to quit his ambassadorship and return to Israel to complete for a spot on the Likud Party’s list.Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.