New en­voys were friends at Hasmo

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

TWO LON­DON-BORN Is­raeli diplo­mats were ap­pointed last week to se­nior am­bas­sado­rial posts.

Mark Sofer is to be­come Is­rael’s am­bas­sador to Aus­tralia, while Jeremy Is­sacharoff has been ap­pointed the next en­voy to Ger­many.

The two were child­hood friends who stud­ied to­gether at Has­monean, a Jewish school in north-west Lon­don, and then at the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics, be­fore mak­ing aliyah to Is­rael.

Am­bas­sador Sofer, cur­rently the head of the Asia depart­ment in the Is­raeli For­eign Min­istry, has served in the past as am­bas­sador to Ire­land and In­dia, where he presided over a pe­riod of in­ten­si­fy­ing se­cu­rity re­la­tions with the two coun­tries.

He took three years of leave from the diplo­matic ser­vice to serve as pres­i­dent of the phil­an­thropic Jerusalem Foun­da­tion. He is the brother of Si­mon Hochhauser, the for­mer pres­i­dent of United Syn­a­gogue.

Am­bas­sador Is­sacharoff, cur­rently the For­eign Min­istry’s vice-deputy­gen­eral and head of its Mul­ti­lat­eral Direc­torate, served in the past as the min­istry’s deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral for strate­gic af­fairs.

He was also deputy mis­sion chief at the Is­raeli Em­bassy in Wash­ing­ton and a mem­ber of the UN sec­re­tary­gen­eral’s Ad­vi­sory Board for Dis­ar­ma­ment Af­fairs.

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