Israel Names Arab As Ambassador

For the first time in the history of the Jewish state, Israel’s Foreign Ministry has named an Arab citizen to serve as an ambassador.

Adib Hassan Yihye, a lecturer at Tel Aviv University and the National Defense College, will serve as Israel’s ambassador to Finland.

Yihye, 49, is resident of Kfar Kara. He was awarded an Israel Prize in 1986 for his work in education.

He also teaches Arabic and Hebrew at Ulpan Akiva, a residential language school in Netanya that was twice nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for its work in Jewish-Arab relations.

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