After a long-running feud between the Prime Minister's Office and the Foreign Ministry, the Israeli government has chosen Ron Prosor as its next envoy to the UN.
(Published in crienglish.com at 13.2.2011)
Prosor is currently Israel's ambassador to Britain. National Security Adviser Uzi Arad will take over Prosor's spot in the UK, according to Israel the Radio.
Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan had originally been tapped for the UN role after a lengthy period of infighting between the Foreign Ministry, headed by Avigdor Lieberman, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Netanyahu had been pushing for former UN envoy Dore Gold to return to the position, while Lieberman was backing Erdan and former consul-general in New York Alon Pinkas as candidates.
Prosor is a veteran diplomat who was a former director general at the Foreign Ministry, and, as ambassador, was Israel's point man over Iran's nuclear issue.
Meanwhile, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Meir Kalifi will take over Arad's spot as national security adviser, according to the radio.