Israel has chosen Alexander Ben Zvi as its ambassador to Russia. This decision was made by the appointment commission of the country’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday, July 28.
The appointment is now awaiting approval from Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, IsraelInfo reports.
Since September 2019, Ben Zvi has been Israel’s ambassador to Poland. Prior to that, he worked as Deputy Director General of the Euro-Asian Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to Costa Rica and Slovakia, as well as an attaché at the Embassy in Moscow.
A number of other candidates were also selected. Irit Ben-Abba, the current ambassador to Greece, has been proposed as ambassador to China. Eddie Shapira, who is now the ambassador to Uzbekistan, will become the consul general in Shanghai. Alex Goldman-Sheinman, head of one of the departments of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, will become ambassador to Belarus, the Jerusalem Post reports.
The post of Israel’s ambassador to Russia was vacant for a year. The country’s authorities could not decide on a candidate. The position was temporarily held by Yakov Livne.