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Danny Ayalon resigned as co-chairman of the Nefesh B’Nefesh aliyah organization.

Nefesh B’Nefesh announced the resignation of the former Israeli ambassador to the United States on Sunday. Ayalon, who served in the position for nearly two years, says he is leaving to pursue “an independent political career opportunity.”

Ayalon was instrumental in enhancing the aliyah organization’s strategic partnerships with Israeli government bodies and agencies, as well as within the Jewish world. During his tenure the Israeli government made the unprecedented decision to support private aliyah organizations in September 2007, and a historic cooperation agreement was reached with the Jewish Agency for Israel.

“It has been extremely rewarding to dedicate myself to bringing Jews to their homeland and helping them integrate into a wonderful and purposeful life here in Israel,” Ayalon said. “I feel it is the ultimate means to building and securing the future of the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Nefesh B’Nefesh represents one of the most historic, extraordinary undertakings of our time.”

Tony Gelbart, the co-founder and chairman of the organization, said Ayalon was “an enormous help in reaching exciting new heights, aiding Nefesh B’Nefesh in garnering support and increasing awareness of the importance of aliyah amongst Israel and the Diaspora.”

“He is leaving us on a high note following the successful agreement worked out with the Jewish Agency for Israel,” Gelbart said.

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