MOSCOW (Jul. 1)
Israel’s ambassador to the Baltics announced he would leave his post in a few weeks.
Oded Ben Hur’s announcement came just a week after he triggered a scandal by accusing Lithuania of a poor record in prosecuting suspected Nazi war criminals.
But Ben Hur, who serves as Israel’s envoy to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, says he is leaving the post because his contract has expired.
Last week, Ben Hur said the Baltic nations, particularly Lithuania, would find it difficult to integrate into Europe if they fail to cope with their wartime past and publicly acknowledge their roles in the Holocaust.
Ben Hur has served as Israel’s diplomatic envoy to the Baltics since the fall of 1996.