Bri­tish grad­u­ates join Is­raeli For­eign Min­istry

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - BY SI­MON ROCKER

TWO OX­FORD Univer­sity grad­u­ates from London have joined Is­rael’s For­eign Min­istry af­ter gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on a high-fly­ing in­terns’ scheme.

Danielle Abra­ham, from South Wood­ford, and David Good­stone, from Finch­ley, are re­cruits of the Is­rael Gov­ern­ment Fel­lows pro­gramme, which of­fers work place­ments in Is­raeli min­istries to di­as­pora Jews un­der the age of 30.

Ms Abra­ham has been made a pol­icy ad­viser to Mashav, Is­rael’s Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment Co-op­er­a­tion. Mr Good­stone be­came di­rec­tor for public af­fairs at the Is­raeli Con­sulate in San Fran­cisco in Jan­uary.

They are part of an elite group of 20 to 30 fel­lows se­lected each year for the pro­gramme, which is run by the Me­nachem Be­gin Her­itage Cen­tre in Jerusalem.

Ms Abra­ham came to the For­eign Min­istry on a place­ment 18 months ago af­ter work­ing for the Bri­tish Red Cross and the Home Of­fice. “I was look­ing to gain more ex­peri-

New re­cruit: Abra­ham

ence in the field of in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment,” she said. “I also wanted to ex­pe­ri­ence liv­ing in Is­rael for a pro­longed pe­riod of time and wanted to get as close to a real-life Is­raeli ex­pe­ri­ence as pos­si­ble.”

An Is­raeli work en­vi­ron­ment was “quite a shock. It is op­po­site in ev­ery way pos­si­ble to an English of­fice. This meant that I had to adapt pretty quickly, es­pe­cially to Is­raeli of­fice eti­quette, which means not be­ing too English and po­lite.”

Ear­lier this year she par­tic­i­pated in a United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme meet­ing in New York af­ter Is­rael had be­come a board mem­ber.

“The op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent Is­rael at the UN re­ally was a once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity,” she said. The di­rec­tor of the fel­lows’ pro­gramme, Paul Gross, who is him­self a grad­u­ate of it and pre­vi­ously worked in Is­rael’s em­bassy in London be­fore mak­ing aliyah, said: “Danielle and David have se­cured im­por­tant po­si­tions in Is­rael’s For­eign Ser­vice. I have no hes­i­ta­tion in pre­dict­ing that both will prove to be stel­lar

ap­point­ments.”

PHOTO: AP

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