(September 14, 2020, JNS Wire) HaShevet’s Chairman Bryan E. Leib congratulates Israeli diplomat Israel Nitzan on being named the Acting Consul General of the Consulate General of Israel in New York. Acting Consul General Nitzan was appointed to this role in August after serving as the Deputy Consul General to the former Consul General, Ambassador Dani Dayan.
“On behalf of HaShevet’s leadership, it’s my honor to congratulate my friend Israel Nitzan on being named as the Acting Consul General for the Consulate General of Israel in New York. Israel’s passion and commitment for building bridges with Jewish Americans of all political backgrounds is one of his strongest skills. Israel is uniquely positioned to take over the responsibilities of Consul General after Ambassador Dayan’s departure. We wish Israel all of the best in his new role and we are committed to doing whatever we can to help him.”
As Acting Consul General, Mr. Nitzan coordinates the political work at the Israeli Consulate in New York. He develops and maintains relations with national, state, and local elected officials as well as community leaders within the Consulate’s five-state jurisdiction as a representative of the State of Israel.
New York is Mr. Nitzan’s fourth foreign posting with the Ministry. He served at the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, as Spokesperson from 2002 to 2005, returning in 2009 as the Deputy Chief of Mission until an attack during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution forced the Embassy to evacuate.
From 2012 until 2015, he served as the Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations, where he spoke before the U.N. Security Council and oversaw Israeli political engagement policies within the U.N. system. He then became the Director of the Foreign Ministry’s U.N. Political Affairs Department in 2015, serving there until 2018 when he moved to the Consulate.
Mr. Nitzan has served in the Foreign Ministry in other capacities, such as in the Arms Control Department, the Southeast Asia Department, and in the Center for Policy Research focusing on the Islamic world. Israel completed his B.A. in Middle East History and International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem following his military service. He is fluent in Hebrew, English and Arabic.
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