Israeli Diplomat Chosen as UN General Assembly VP

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor is one of 20 chosen to serve as vice president of the United Nation's General Assembly.

Prosor -- the third Israeli ambassador to serve in this capacity, following Abba Eban in 1952 and Dan Gillerman in 2005 -- was elected unanimously to the post. Besides the United States, Proser will represent Canada, Australia and New Zealand and several Western European countries.

Vice presidential duties include scheduling the General Assembly's agenda, which this year will likely include the Syrian government's violent crackdown and a second attempt by the Palestinian Authority to seek unilateral statehood.

"This is another achievement for Israel at the U.N. and an expression of appreciation by the international community for our contributions," Prosor said in a weekend statement. "We are working hard to put Israel on the map of the United Nations as a leading and influential company."

Prosor also said selecting an Israeli candidate "for this senior position could serve as the basis for advancing additional Israeli candidates for other key positions at the U.N."

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