JERUSALEM (JTA) — Ido Aharoni has been named Israel’s interim consul general in New York.
Aharoni’s appointment by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman did not require Cabinet approval because it is temporary. The appointment comes after Lieberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to agree on an appointee to the position.
Aharoni, who is scheduled to arrive in New York this week, joins another temporary appointee, Meron Reuven, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations.
Aharoni, who has a good command of English, served as Israeli consul for media and public affairs in the United States, from 1994 to 1998 in Los Angeles, and from 2001 to 2005 in New York. He served most recently as the official in charge of the Israel rebranding project in the Foreign Ministry.