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.

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