Israel names first female ambassador to Arab state

Amman, Jordan. Einat Shlain has been nominated as the new Israeli ambassador to Jordan and is expected to begin her appointment 2015. Credit: David Bjorgen via Wikimedia Commons.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to The Israeli Foreign Ministry announced 12 new diplomatic corps appointments on Sunday, including seven female ambassadors. A woman is Israel's new ambassador to Jordan, marking the first female Israeli envoy to an Arab state.

Einat Shlain, head of the international division at the Foreign Ministry's Diplomatic Research Center, has been with the Foreign Ministry for 22 years, and has been a Middle Eastern affairs adviser with the Israeli Embassy in Washington. She is expected to assume office in mid-2015, replacing current Ambassador to Jordan Daniel Nevo.

The Foreign Ministry also named five other female ambassadors—Aliza Ben-Nun to France; Tamar Samash to Romania; Irit Lilian to Bulgaria; Simona Frankel to Belgium, and Yael Ravia to Cyprus—as well as a female consul general for Atlanta, Judith Varnai.

"The Foreign Ministry is spearheading a gender revolution," said Vered Swid, head of the Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women at the Prime Minister's Office.

The Foreign Ministry's appointments are pending government approval.

Posted on September 15, 2014 .