Prof. Nominated for U.N. Ambassador

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni nominated Professor Gabriela Shalev, 67, to serve as Israel's next UN ambassador.

If the Cabinet approves her nomination, Shalev will replace Dan Gillerman, who has served six months beyond his five-year tenure as ambassador.

Outside of legal academic circles, Shalev is unknown and has virtually no experience in international diplomacy or foreign affairs.

According to The Jerusalem Post, one Foreign Ministry official said Livni was set on appointing a woman and had offered the ambassadorship to Education Minister Yuli Tamir and TV journalist Ilana Dayan.

"Appointing a woman helps Livni politically," the official said. "She's thinking of her constituency and that she can say she has promoted women," he said.

Livni appointed four female deputy director generals in the Foreign Ministry and leans toward appointing women ambassadors whenever she can, the official said.

Shalev is rector of Ono Academic College, an 11-year-old private academic institution located in Kiryat Ono, seven miles east of Tel Aviv.

Until 2002, Shalev served on the faculty of Hebrew University Law School, and she has been a visiting professor at Boston College, Temple University, Glasgow Law School and Toronto University.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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