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Israel Cabinet Appoints Dr. Herzog As Director of Premier’s Office

The Cabinet today approved the appointment of Dr. Yaakov Herzog, Israel’s former Ambassador to Canada and Minister in Washington, as Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office. The post has been vacant since Theodore Kollek resigned more than a year ago.

In his new post, Dr. Herzog will also chair a special committee dealing with security matters and serve as the Premier’s adviser for security affairs, a function formerly carried out by Isser Karel who resigned last month.

Dr. Herzog, a son of the late Israeli Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Halevi Herzog, had been named last year as the Chief Rabbi of Britain but later withdrew on the grounds of illness. While recovering from the illness during the past five months, Dr. Herzog has been serving as adviser to Premier Eshkol on a part-time basis.