Veteran Diplomat Amira Oron Tapped as Israel's Next Ambassador to Cairo

If the appointment is confirmed by the Cabinet, she will become the first woman to serve in the post since Israel and Egypt established diplomatic relations

Cairo, Egypt. Photo: Reuters

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi reached agreement June 2 on the appointment of Amira Oron as ambassador to Egypt.  Oron is expected to be the first woman to serve as envoy to Cairo since the two countries signed a peace treaty in 1979. 

Reports said Ashkenazi, who became foreign minister last month, is prioritizing the appointment not only because of the importance of promoting relations with Egypt, but also because there has not been an ambassador in the Egyptian capital for the past year.  

Oron, a Middle East affairs expert who speaks Arabic fluently, joined the ministry in 1991 and has held a series of posts including charges d'affaires at the embassy in Ankara, deputy spokesman for the ministry and head of the Arab Media Department.  She had originally been selected for the ambassadorial position by a ministry committee in October 2018 but the appointment was delayed.  

The final decision now lies with the Cabinet, which will hold a confirmation vote during its meeting on Sunday.