Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has named Israel Hayom journalist Dror Eydar as Israel's next ambassador to Italy. If his appointment passes all the requisite processes, he will take the post in about a year. During that time, Eydar plans to improve his Italian.
Answering a question about whether he asked for the position or if it had been Netanyahu's idea, Eydar said "the desire had been mutual," adding that it was "a long-held dream to represent Israel."
Eydar, 51, edits the opinion section and writes commentary for Israel Hayom, a free daily newspaper owned by Jewish American philanthropist Sheldon Adelson. The paper's editor in chief, Boaz Bismut, commented that it is a great honor for a paper for its opinions editor and commentator to be appointed to state service. Bismuth himself previously served as Israel's ambassador to Mauritania.
Adelson, who is a billionaire gambling mogul, is considered to be especially close to Netanyahu, and many in Israel see Israel Hayom as the prime minister’s mouthpiece. The paper is at the center of Case 2000, a police probe revolving around the suspicion that Netanyahu offered the publisher of Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth to limit the circulation of Israel Hayom, its biggest rival, in return for better coverage in Mozes' paper.