Lapid taps ex-tourism minister Zamir as new consul general

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announced Tuesday that he will appoint former tourism minister Asaf Zamir to serve as Israel’s consul general in New York.

Zamir resigned from the previous government last October, saying he could no longer serve under then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and accusing him of placing his own political survival above the coronavirus crisis and the good of the nation.

He will fill a post in New York that has been vacant for nearly a year since Dani Dayan finished his five-year term there. Israel Nitzan has served as acting consul general in the interim.

“After too long a period, without a consul in New York, I am happy to appoint Asaf Zamir as consul, Asaf has professional and human capabilities that will represent the State of Israel with honor and pride,” Lapid says in a statement.

Zamir says: “I thank Foreign Minister Lapid for the trust. Excited and proud to represent the State of Israel and its citizens.”

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