Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Sallai Meridor is leaving his post. He told Israeli leaders of his decision to allow the new government to choose a replacement on Monday. Here’s the statement from the Embassy of Israel:
Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Sallai Meridor, this week informed Prime Minister Olmert, Foreign Minister Livni and Prime Minister Designate Netanyahu of his intention to end his term of service as Ambassador and to return to Israel in the near future. Meridor informed each of the above mentioned Israeli leaders of his intentions during the course of personal meetings which he had with them on Monday, before he joined the US Secretary of State on her visit to Israel.
Meridor, who was appointed Ambassador in October 2006, said "In light of the sensitive nature of the position of Ambassador to the most important country in the world and Israel’s strongest ally in the international community, it is fitting and proper that the new Government will have the opportunity to appoint, immediately upon its formation, the man or woman of its choosing as Ambassador to Washington."
"I wish to thank the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister and the outgoing Government for granting me the privilege to serve Israel in a most vital and central position during a challenging and sensitive period. I wish the Prime Minister Designate and the Government which is to be formed much success in meeting the challenges facing Israel," said Meridor.
Meridor expressed his hope that the appointment of a new Ambassador will occur as soon as possible and stated that he will continue to serve in his position for the near future until his replacement arrives.