BUDAPEST (Aug. 29)
Israel’s first ambassador to Hungary in 25 years held a farewell news conference here Tuesday.
Shlomo Marom is leaving after a three-and-a-half-year tour of duty that witnessed Hungary’s peaceful transition from a Communist to a democratic society.
Born in Budapest, Marom was Israel’s first diplomatic representative here since the Communist regime severed ties with Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War.
He was a popular figure, appearing often on Hungarian television. During the Persian Gulf War, he was in great demand as a Middle East expert.
Marom’s successor is David Kraus, retired Israeli police chief, who, like Marom, is of Hungarian origin and speaks the language fluently.
The two envoys will meet in Vienna next week to compare notes.