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Israeli consul general in New York resigns

Asaf Zamir quit his post with a “heavy heart,” the diplomat wrote on Twitter.

Asaf Zamir. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.
Asaf Zamir. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

Shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sacked Defense Minister Yoav Gallant for breaking ranks, Israel’s top diplomat in New York tendered his resignation.

“The past 18 months as Israel’s consul general in New York were fulfilling and rewarding, but following today’s developments, it is now time for me to join the fight for Israel’s future to ensure it remains a beacon of democracy and freedom in the world,” Asaf Zamir wrote Sunday on Twitter.

Zamir shared a letter, in which he wrote that he quits “with a heavy heart” the “greatest honor and privilege” of serving as Israel’s representative in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Delaware.

“The political situation in Israel has reached a critical point, and I feel a deep sense of responsibility and moral obligation to stand up for what is right and fight for the democratic values that I hold dear,” he wrote in the letter. “Today’s dangerous decision to fire the minister of defense convinced me that I can no longer continue to represent this government.”

He added that his resignation should not be seen as his rejection of the Israeli state or of Israelis. “I am taking this step because of my deep love for my country,” he wrote.

Zamir was formerly the Israeli minister of tourism and deputy mayor of Tel Aviv.

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