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Israel Names its First Female Ambassador to Egypt

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JNS.org – For the first time, Israel’s Foreign Ministry has appointed a woman to be its next ambassador to Egypt.

Amira Oron, who previously served as Israel’s chargé d’affaires in Ankara, Turkey, became the highest-ranking Israeli diplomat from 2010 until 2015, when Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador in the wake of the Mavi Marmara flotilla incident.

She also served as the deputy spokesman and head of the Arab Media Department at the ministry. She will replace David Govrin, who has held the position since 2016.

Three more women were named to ambassadorial appointments in an announcement on Tuesday: Rodica Radia-Gordan, who will be ambassador to Madrid, Spain; Orly Gil, who will be ambassador to Riga, Latvia; and Marina Rosenberg, who will be ambassador to Santiago, Chile.

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Radian-Gordon is currently deputy director-general for the ministry in Western Europe, and has previously served in Bucharest and Mexico City. Gil served previously in Nepal and as consul general for Israel in Chicago. Rosenberg has served previously as a political counselor in Berlin.

Additional placements include Yoram Elron, the deputy director-general for Africa to the position of ambassador to Sofia, Bulgaria; Boaz Moda’i, former ambassador to Dublin, Ireland, who will be headed to Bratislava, Slovakia; Alex Ben-Zvi, deputy director-general for Eurasia, who will be ambassador to Warsaw, Poland; and Ran Gidor, currently Israel’s ambassador in Cameroon, who will be transferring to Tbilisi, Georgia.

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