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New Israeli Envoy Greeted in Britain

Avraham Kidron, Israel’s new Ambassador to Britain, arrived here from Jerusalem today accompanied by his wife, Shoshana. They were greeted at London Airport by representatives of the Foreign Office, the Israeli Embassy and the Jewish community, represented by Chief Rabbi Immanuel Jakobovitz.

Kidron, 58, was most recently Ambassador to The Netherlands. He served as Press Attache at the Israeli Embassy here from 1957-59 and is a former Director General of Israel’s Foreign Ministry. He was also Ambassador to Yugoslavia and The Philippines. Kidron was born in Germany and settled in Palestine in the 1930s as a member of one of the first Youth Aliya groups.

Meanwhile, Benjamin Shiloh, Labor Attache at the Israeli Embassy, announced that he will leave his post a year before his tour of duty expires because of the Labor Party’s defeat in the Israeli elections. He said his decision was “a matter of conscience.” The 39-year-old kibbutz member told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, “The new Israeli administration is opposed to many of the things I believe in and I cannot represent it to the people to whom I am accredited–the British and the trade union movement.”