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Ambassador, Special Envoy for Sustainability and Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel
Born, August 22nd 1957 in Tel Aviv, Israel
Married to Ita Hadas-Handelsman, three sons
Languages: Hebrew, English, German, Arabic and Turkish.
B.A. – International Relations and Near East Studies, University of Tel Aviv
M.A. – Near East Studies, Hebrew University Jerusalem
1975-1983 | Military service (reached the rank of Captain)
1983 | Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jerusalem
1986-1989 | D.C.M. (Deputy Chief of Mission) Israeli Legation in Ankara, Turkey
1989-1991 | D.C.M. (Deputy Chief of Mission Israeli Embassy in Vienna, Austria (dealt with bilateral and United Nations issues)
1991-1993 | Syria Desk Officer, Center for Political Research,Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem. Syrian desk officer, dealt also with the Syrian track in the peace talks in Washington D.C (the Madrid process).
1993-1998 | Counselor for Political and Middle East Affairs (number three in Embassy's hierarchy), Israeli Embassy, London, United Kingdom
1998-1999 | Director Syria and Lebanon Department, Center for Political Research, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem. Involved in another Round of peace talks with Syria
1999-2001 | Policy Advisor to the Deputy Foreign Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem
2001-2003 | Head of the Israeli Trade Representation Office, Doha, Qatar
2003-2006 | Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Israel to The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
2006-2011 | Deputy Director General, Head of the Middle East and Peace Process Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jerusalem
In charge of Israel's relations with the Arab world, member of the Negotiating team with the Palestinians (civil affairs, "Annapolis Process")
2011-2012 | Ambassador to the European Union (and NATO), Brussels, Belgium
3/2012 -9/2017 | Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Israel to Germany
2/2018 | Special envoy for sustainability and climate change
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