Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has tapped former Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiator Michael Herzog because the nation’s subsequent ambassador to the US, the prime minister’s workplace stated Friday.
Bennett named Herzog “in mild of his wealthy, years-long expertise within the safety and diplomatic fields, and his deep familiarity with the strategic challenges Israel is dealing with, foremost the Iranian nuclear menace.”
Herzog, a 69-year-old retired brigadier common who served for almost 4 many years within the Israel Protection Forces, is the brother of Israeli President Isaac Herzog and son of former President Chaim Herzog. He’s at present an Israel-based fellow at The Washington Institute for Close to East Coverage assume tank.
Prime Minister Bennett congratulated Herzog and wished him nice success at his place given the numerous challenges within the diplomatic enviornment.
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) August 6, 2021
Herzog has held a variety of senior positions inside Israel’s Protection Ministry. He additionally participated in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks beneath a number of administrations, and most not too long ago labored on a back-channel negotiating workforce beneath Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu between 2013 and 2014.
Herzog will succeed Gilad Erdan, who introduced in June he was stepping down as Israel’s envoy to Washington. He at present serves because the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations.
International Minister Yair Lapid described Herzog as “precisely the suitable particular person to serve on this strategically essential function.”
“I look ahead to working with him to additional strengthen and deepen the Israel-US relationship,” he stated.
Citing a authorities supply near Bennett, The Occasions of Israel stories that the prime minister is predicted to carry Herzog’s appointment to the Cupboard for its approval as quickly as Sunday.
Bennett’s workplace stated Friday that Herzog will proceed to serve within the ambassador place when Lapid turns into prime minister in August 2023, as outlined within the coalition authorities’s rotation deal.