After four years as Israeli ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev on Wednesday returned to his previous job as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesperson for international media.
Regev is replacing Evan Gary Cohen, who had quit the position in March after only seven months. “Great to be rejoining the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem,” Regev tweeted on Wednesday.
Regev’s official title is “senior advisor to the prime minister,” a role in which he will deal with “international communications,” he told The Times of Israel on Wednesday.
Outgoing Settlement Affairs Minister Tzipi Hotovely was appointed Israel’s new envoy to London. She is currently waiting for the UK government to formally accept her nomination.
Before he headed to London in 2016 to replace Daniel Taub as ambassador, the soft-spoken and civil Regev had served at the prime minister’s office for eight years, becoming one of Israel’s most-recognized faces in the international media.
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— Mark Regev (@MarkRegev) August 12, 2020
A career diplomat, the Australian-born Regev served in Hong Kong, Beijing and Washington, and as spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem before joining the Prime Minister’s Office, when Ehud Olmert was still prime minister.
Regev, a father of three, holds a BA in Political Science and Modern History from the University of Melbourne, an MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Master of Science in Management from Boston University.