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Israel appoints new Norway ambassador

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Israel appoints new Norway ambassador
Naim Araidi, Israel's former ambassador to Norway, is to be replaced. Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB scanpix
10:57 CEST+02:00
Israel has chosen Raphael Schutz as new Norway ambassador to replace Naim Araidi, who was called home earlier this year amid controversy.

The head of the Europe division in Israel's department of foreign affairs, Raphael Schutz, is appointed to become a new ambassador in Norway, “ABC-news” reported on Wednesday.

Schutz is described as one of the heavyweights within his country’s diplomatic corps.
Communications manager Beate Mikkelsen at the Embassy of Israel in Norway informed the new ambassador will come to Norway to start in the autumn, although, at this stage, there is no way of predicting the exact date of his arrival.
Schutz has previously been ambassador in Spain for four years until 2011. Schutz is replacing vice-ambassador George Deek, who has functioned in the position since ambassador Naim Araidi was called home amid sex allegations earlier this year.
It will be interesting to see how Schutz adapts to his new position. The Israeli left his role in Spain lamenting his time there.
"I’m taking with me is the experience of having lived in the flesh some of the hatred and anti-Semitism that exists in Spanish society," he said in 2011.
Araidi took over as ambassador in 2012. He was the first Israeli-Arabian to be appointed Israeli ambassador in Norway.
Shutz's appointment came, according to Israeli media, as a consequence of increasing worries for Israel's reputation in Norway.
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