Israel picks its envoy to Britain to take U.N. post


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel has tapped its ambassador to England, Ron Prosor, to be its envoy to the United Nations.

The nomination, which was made public Sunday, comes after Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan decided last week to turn down Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer to serve as U.N. ambassador. Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky reportedly also turned down the post.

Prosor is the choice of Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who has been feuding with Netanyahu for the last year over the appointment of a U.N. envoy.

Career diplomat Meron Reuben is serving as the U.N. envoy now under a temporary appointment by Lieberman that did not require Netanyahu’s approval.

Prosor likely will be replaced in London by National Security Advisor Uzi Arad, The Jerusalem Post reported.

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