Esther Herlitz, Israel’s first female ambassador, dies aged 94

Esther Herlitz, a former MK, an Israel Prize laureate and the country’s first female ambassador, is dead at 94.

The Labor Party politician was the first woman on the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and received the country’s highest award for contributions to Israeli society.

Born in Berlin in 1933, she was the daughter of George Herlitz, founder of the Central Zionist Archives.

She served as Israel’s ambassador to Denmark in 1966, then as Israel’s consul in New York. She served in the Knesset from 1973 to 1977 and again from 1979 to 1981.

Former MK Esther Herlitz in 1980. (Moshe Milner/GPO)
Former MK Esther Herlitz in 1980. (Moshe Milner/GPO)

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