The Israeli Ambassador to the EU, is from now on, also the Ambassador to NATO. This is a first for this country, which up to now has had no diplomatic representation on the Alliance. The Israeli Mission to the European Union announced this yesterday (Monday).
The opening of this diplomatic Mission, at NATO headquarters in Brussels, had already been announced in June.
This is one of the consequences of the normalisation of relations between between Israel and Turkey formalised three months ago, stemming from a six-year quarrel.
Turkey, which itself is one of the NATO pillars, was opposing the presence of this diplomatic mission.
During an official ceremony at the headquarters of the Alliance, Aharon Leshno-Yaar was “the first Israeli Ambassador to offer his credentials to the NATO Secretary.”
This latter fact was indicated by Jens Stoltenberg, in a communiqué from the Israeli Mission to the European Union.
Both men discussed the “the formulation of a new joint Action Plan between Israel and the Alliance,” the communiqué stressed.
Israel is resolutely stating that it “shares the values around which NATO was founded and considers itself a member of the transatlantic family.”