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First Jewish British ambassador to Israel set to arrive

First Jewish British ambassador to Israel set to arrive

09/11/2010 11:32

New British Ambassador Matthew Gould is “excited” to begin posting in Israel, succeeds previous UK ambassador Sir Tom Phillips.

The new British ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould and his wife Celia are expected to arrive in Israel late overnight Saturday.

Gould is the first Jewish ambassador to represent Great Britain in Israel. He sounded very upbeat ahead of his arrival in the country.

One of Gould’s many previous positions included a posting as deputy head of mission at the British Embassy in Teheran, where he visited the city’s synagogues and regularly kept in touch with the local Jewish community.

Ambassador Gould succeeds Sir Tom Phillips, who recently took up his new position as British ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

Phillips was appointed a KCMG (Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George) by the Queen Elizabeth and left Israel after serving four years as ambassador.

http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=187744

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