Former Lawmaker Asaf Zamir Named Israel's Consul General in New York

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Asaf Zamir at the Knesset, last year.
Asaf Zamir at the Knesset, last year.Credit: Shmulik Grossman/Knesset

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid named former lawmaker Asaf Zamir as Israel's consul general in New York on Tuesday.

Zamir served as tourism minister in the previous government, between May and October 2020. He was deputy mayor of Tel Aviv from 2008 until 2019.

Israel's previous consul general in New York, Dani Dayan, ended his role last year after four years. Chairman of the Yesha settlement council in the West Bank, Dayan was made consul general in 2016 after Brazil rejected his appointment by then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be ambassador to that country.

Lapid said in a statement that Zamir had "the professional and human abilities to represent Israel with honor and respect."

In a statement, Zamir thanked Lapid and said that improving Israel's diplomatic position, bipartisan support for Israel, and ties with Jewish communities in the U.S. "are important and complex challenges" that he intends to tackle.  

Lapid said last week that Israel must change the way it deals with U.S. Democrats, who he said had been abandoned by Netanyahu. "The Republicans are important to us, but not just them. We find ourselves, as you well know, facing a Democratic White House, a Democratic Senate and a Democratic Congress," Lapid told Israeli diplomats. "And these Democrats are angry."

Zamir joined the last government as a member of Kahol Lavan, ultimately resigning in October, citing lack of trust in Netanyahu and his leadership. He did not run on Kahol Lavan's slate in the following election. 

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