NEW YORK (Jan. 5)
The Consul General of Israel in New York, Uri Ben Ari, disclosed today that he submitted his resignation to Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan effective June 30, 1978, four months earlier than the normal expiration of his tour of duty here. Ben Ari noted at a press conference at the Consulate this morning that he is not a permanent member of the Israeli diplomatic corps but is “serving in my present capacity as Consul General of Israel in New York under a special contract which was due to expire on Nov. 2, 1978.”
He said that “various reasons contributed to my decision to shorten my term of duty and on Nov. 2, 1977 I submitted my formal resignation to Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan effective June 30, 1978. My resignation was acknowledged by him on Nov. 9, 1977.” Ben Ari, who has served in his post for two-and-a-half years, said, “My accomplishments in New York are the direct result of the coordinated effort of the entire staff of the Consulate General of Israel and to my colleagues I offer my deep and heartfelt gratitude. I conclude by saluting a proud and strong Israel and the great American Jewish community.” He added, “any it be possessed of strength, unity and vision.”
STREAMLINING DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS
It was reported from Jerusalem, meanwhile, that the Foreign Ministry is currently considering ways to cut down the size of Israeli diplomatic missions in the United States, specifically the Mission to the United Nations. The reason given was that the UN Mission functions of full capacity only part of
Two ranking Foreign Ministry officials from Jerusalem, Ephraim Evron, Director General of the Ministry and Israel Gur Arye, his deputy, are presently in Washington to study various options for carrying out the re-organization of Israeli diplomatic missions in the U.S.