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Former minister Asaf Zamir takes up new role as consul general in New York

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Former tourism minister Asaf Zamir officially began his tenure as Israel’s consul general in New York on Wednesday.

“I come with great expectations to work together and to face some of the huge challenges the State of Israel has encountered in the past,” Zamir said in a statement.

“I expect to do it with everyone and serve everyone. It is a great honor to be in New York and experience life in the Big Apple, all while serving the State of Israel.”

Zamir, 41, enters the diplomatic arena after more than a decade in politics. For most of that period, he served as deputy mayor of Tel Aviv. In 2019, he entered national politics, joining Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party and going on to serve briefly as tourism minister.

He resigned from the government in October 2020 in protest of conduct by then prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. That government fell shortly thereafter, and was replaced by the current unity coalition........

© The Times of Israel

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