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Sunday, February 13, 2011

A shuffle in the government

The government announced on Sunday that Israel's ambassador to Britain, Ron Prosor, will become its ambassador to the United Nations, and that Prime Minister Netanyahu's National Security Adviser, Uzi Arad, will become Israel's ambassador to Britain. But note this:
Netanyahu had favored returning Dore Gold to his former position as ambassador to the UN, but Lieberman preferred Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky. The Foreign Minister already irked Prime Minister Netanyahu last summer by naming Meron Reuven as temporary ambassador, after Prof. Gabriella Shalev left the post.
Of course, Sharansky said last week that he had no interest in being ambassador to the United Nations....

JPost adds that Lieberman had other candidates for the UN position, which has to make you wonder whether what he was really saying was "anyone but Dore Gold" (which seems kind of irrational given that Gold has ably performed in the position in the past).
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman have sparred over the post for nearly a year, with the prime minister wanting former ambassador Dore Gold to return to the UN and Lieberman suggesting Environment Minister Gilad Erdan and former consul-general in New York Alon Pinkas.

According to the report, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Meir Kalifi will replace Arad as national security advisor.
I know nothing about Kalifi, but I think that Dore Gold would be a great candidate for National Security Adviser.

Pinkas would have been a disaster at the UN.

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At 7:26 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Alon Pinkas is as Far Left as you can get. Ron Prosor is a good choice though if it had been up to me, I would have left the UN post vacant and withdrew Israel from the UN and kicked all UN institutions out of Israel.

At 7:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uzi Arad is wasted in the UK. It is not good that someone shipped him out, and I can assure you that was that someone's intention.

One less intelligent brain in the government's upper echelon. What could go wrong, indeed!


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