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Wants Own Secretary

Eliahu Ben-Elissar, Israel’s Ambassador-designate to Egypt, is embroiled in a bitter dispute with the Foreign Ministry over who will be his personal secretary when he takes over his post in Cairo next week. Ben-Elissar insists on retaining Fanny Ashkenazi who has been his secretary for the past seven years when he was director of information for Herut and later Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Foreign Ministry’s staff committee is equally adamant that Ben-Elissar select a new secretary from the Ministry’s staff which, it says, has several capable persons fluent in English and Arabic. The six-man committee met with Ben-Elissar yesterday. There were some angry exchanges but no agreement was reached.