MK Meir Sheetrit (Hatenua) was voted deputy chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean in Monaco.

Sheetrit`s election this week means he will continue representing the Knesset during its next term, despite the fact that his political career will come to an end when the new Knesset is elected next month.

”I was elected against the odds, after convincing representatives of different countries that an Israeli representative to the organization…is critical for its proper functioning,” he said, pointing out that Arab countries like Tunisia and Morocco, as well as the Palestinian Authority, have delegates to PAM. ”If Israel is not part of this group, it will not have a real possibility of conducting dialogue for the sake of real cooperation. In this way we will also be able to soften decisions and debates which focus on Israel.”

PAM was founded in 2006 and has 25 member countries, plus the PA.

The organization aims to promote the interests of Mediterranean countries and work on regional issues, including political and trust-building dialogue between members.