Israel sending new Cairo envoy

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A new Israeli ambassador is expected to be installed in Egypt.

Yaakov Amitai, a diplomat with extensive experience in the Middle East and East Africa, is scheduled to depart for Cairo this week and present his credentials to Egypt’s interim military government, Israeli sources said Sunday.

Amitai replaces Yitzhak Levanon, whose tenure was curtailed by the mobbing of Israel’s Cairo embassy in October.

Since that incident, Levanon’s deputy has remained in Egypt, residing at the U.S. embassy while the Netanyahu government assesses where a new Israeli mission might be set up.

Diplomatic sources said Amitai would likely work out of his official residence in the interim, assisted by a skeletal staff.

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