Rosenne to Be Named Israel’s New Ambassador to the U.S.

The Cabinet confirmed today that veteran diplomat Meir Rosenne will be named Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S., replacing Moshe Arens who left Washington to become Minister of Defense.

A formal announcement of Rosenne’s appointment is expected shortly. He is presently Israel’s Ambassador to France, a post he has held since 1979. Prior to that Rosenne served as legal advisor to the Foreign Ministry in which capacity he played an important role at the Camp David negotiations in September, 1978 and in the subsequent peace negotiations between Israel and Egypt. Rosenne also served as Israel Consul General in New York during the 1960s.

His appointment to Washington has long been predicted by the Israeli media. The Foreign Ministry reportedly is gratified that the most senior post in the Israeli foreign service will go to a professional diplomat rather than a political appointee. The tug-of-war between politics and professionalism is expected to focus now on Rosenne’s replacement in Paris.

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