Regev to take up UK envoy role soon
ISRAEL’S NEW ambassador to the United Kingdom, Mark Regev, is expected to arrive in London in the next few weeks, six months after his appointment was originally announced and previous ambassador Daniel Taub left.
Mr Regev, the veteran spokesman for Israel’s prime minister, was prevented from leaving Jerusalem until a replacement foreign media frontman was chosen by Benjamin Netanyahu.
More than 300 candidates applied for the job of Israel’s main spokesman to the world.
The selection process was delayed by the fact that the appointment of the new communications chief in the prime minister’s office, Ran Baratz, was frozen after it emerged that he had written Facebook posts criticising the Israeli and US presidents.
Last week, Mr Netanyahu announced that David Keyes, an Israeli-American close to ambassador to the US Ron Dermer and Jewish Agency chairman Nathan Sharansky — both confidantes of the prime minister — would take up the role.
Mr Keyes has founded and run a number of public advocacy organisations in the US, including Advancing Human Rights and Cyber-Dissidents. org, which have focused on using social media to highlight the human rights records of countries including Iran, Saudi Arabia, China and Russia.