Danon tapped for fresh stint as envoy to UN

Then Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon listens to speakers at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Then Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon listens to speakers at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Likud MK Danny Danon has been appointed as ambassador to the United Nations, replacing Gilad Erdan, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announces.

This is Danon’s second stint at Turtle Bay. He previously was Israel’s envoy to the UN in 2015-2020.

“MK Danon has extensive experience in the international arena,” says the Prime Minister’s Office in a statement, “and he will undoubtedly bring his talents and experience to bear at this time.”

The appointment, also made by Foreign Minister Israel Katz, must be approved by the government.

In a statement responding to the appointment, Danon says he is willing to use his diplomatic chops to help Israel in the decidedly unfriendly forum, noting that he’s been doing what he could throughout the war, including hosting visiting dignitaries on tours of the south.

“At a time when the State of Israel is fighting on a large number of fronts, each of us must do the best within our skills and experience,” he says. “In the face of the diplomatic terror that rears its head these days, I am obliged to present the truth for the sake of the people of Israel and our common future in our homeland.”

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