Israel picks law professor, diplomatic rookie as new UN ambassador

Israel's Cabinet has picked a new ambassador for the United Nations. She's Gabriela Shalev, a law professor. She replaces Dan Gillerman, Israel's ambassador to the world body for five years. This is Shalev's first appointment to a diplomatic position. The 67-year-old educator has served as head of the Israel Broadcasting Authority and is rector of the Ono Academic College near Tel Aviv. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni praised her new ambassador in a statement Sunday. She said, "It was important to me to appoint a woman to represent Israel in such an important place." Following criticism of Shalev's lack of diplomatic experience, Livni added, "Professor Shalev is internationally respected; she has fulfilled many public positions in Israel."