(Communicated by the Knesset Spokesman)
Foreign Ministry Deputy Director, Ambassador Yaakov Levy, who has recently completed a four year term as Ambassador to the United Nations Office at Geneva, has been appointed by the Knesset Speaker, together with the Foreign Ministry, to a new position in the Knesset: Diplomatic Advisor to the Knesset Speaker and its members.
Yaakov Levy will cultivate the Knesset’s autonomous status in foreign relations with parliaments around the world. In the framework of his position, he will provide diplomatic advice to the Knesset Speaker and Knesset members, will coordinate and liaise, together with the Foreign Ministry, with foreign embassies, and will brief and aid Knesset members and delegations for international meetings. Yaakov Levy will also host foreign delegations visiting the Knesset.
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Ambassador Yaakov Levy
Mr. Yaakov Levy was born in England in 1946 and came to Israel with his parents in 1949, settling in the newly founded Moshav Arbel, near the Sea of Galilee. The settlement was established by new immigrants from a dozen countries on the ruins of the ancient fortress of Arbel.
After completing his military service, Mr. Levy enrolled at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from which he received his B.A. degree in Economics and Political Science in 1969, and his M.A. degree in International Relations and Business Administration in 1972. From 1969 to 1972, he was a teaching assistant in the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University.
In 1970, Mr. Levy joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in 1972, he was posted to the Consulate-General of Israel in New York where he served as Vice-Consul for University Affairs for three years. In 1975, he was promoted to Consul and appointed Head of the Information Department at the Consulate-General.
Upon his return to Israel in 1979, he became Deputy Director of the Information Division. In 1983, he was appointed Counselor at the Embassy of Israel in Rome. During 1985-1987, Mr. Levy served simultaneously as the Israeli Charge d’Affaires [a.i.] (non-resident) in Malta.
When he returned to Israel in 1987, he assumed the position of Director of Public Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Between 1989 and 1993, he served as Consul-General of Israel to New England. Upon returning to Israel in 1993, Mr. Levy was appointed Director of the Department for Training and Human Resources Planning. In this capacity, he was responsible for the recruitment, training and career planning of diplomats in Israel’s Foreign Service.
In 1995, he was appointed Deputy Director-General for Media and Public Affairs.
Mr. Levy served as Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the State of Israel to the United Nations Office and other international organizations at Geneva between September 2000 to September 2004.
Upon his return to Israel he was appointed Diplomatic Advisor to the Speaker of the Knesset.