Prosor’s UK ten­ure‘may end early’

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY AN­SHEL PF­EF­FER

THERE ARE sug­ges­tions in Is­rael that the Lon­don am­bas­sador, Ron Prosor, might re­turn home af­ter only a year of ser­vice here if Shaul Mo­faz is ap­pointed Is­rael’s next For­eign Min­is­ter.

There is wide­spread be­lief in Jerusalem that Mr Prosor would be Mr Mo­faz’s lead­ing can­di­date to be­come di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the min­istry, a post he pre­vi­ously held be­tween 2004 and 2006.

Mr Mo­faz, cur­rently Trans­port Min­is­ter, came a close sec­ond two weeks ago to For­eign Min­is­ter Tzipi Livni in the Kadima pri­maries.

Ms Livni has is­sued pub­lic and pri­vate calls to her for­mer ri­val to re­main in the party, and if she suc­ceeds in form­ing a coali­tion in the next few weeks, Mr Mo­faz will def­i­nitely be of­fered a more se­nior cab­i­net post.

This will prob­a­bly be the For­eign Min­istry, which Ms Livni will be va­cat­ing to move to the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice.

A se­nior source in the For­eign Min­istry said: “If Mo­faz does come in, most of us be­lieve that Prosor will be brought back to run the min­istry. He is the kind of guy that Mo­faz would want to work with, both a se­nior diplo­mat and man who knows how to work with politi­cians and the me­dia.”

A spokesper­son for the Is­rael Em­bassy, when asked for a re­sponse, said only: “The am­bas­sador de­clined to com­ment on the ques­tion.”

His re­place­ment in Lon­don would most likely be a po­lit­i­cal ap­pointee rather than a ca­reer diplo­mat.

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