Israel appoints first woman ambassador to Egypt

Amira Oron, fluent in Arabic and a veteran diplomat, was appointed Israel’s first woman ambassador to Egypt.

By Ilanit Chernick, TPS

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has named Amira Oron as Israel’s next ambassador to Egypt.

This is the first time Israel has named a woman ambassador to Cairo since the peace treaty was established between the two countries in 1979.

Oron was appointed by the Supreme Appointments Committee of the Foreign Ministry, which is headed by Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General Yuval Rotem. She is set to replace David Govrin, who has been serving as Israel’s ambassador to Cairo since 2016.

Oron is a veteran diplomat and served as Israel’s charges d’affaires in Ankara between 2015 and 2016, as a staff member of the Israeli embassy in Cairo, director of the Foreign Ministry’s Department of Communications in the Arab World, and as a deputy spokesperson for the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

She is also known for speaking Arabic fluently.