In first, Israel appoints woman as ambassador to Egypt

Oron is the second Israeli woman to serve as ambassador to an Arab country after Einat Schlein. (Photo courtesy: Israeli foreign ministry)

On Tuesday, Israel appointed its first female ambassador to Cairo since the Egypt-Israel peace treaty was signed in 1979. Amira Oron will be succeeding outgoing ambassador David Govrin, after he finished his mandate nearly two years after taking office.

Oron is the second Israeli woman to serve as ambassador to an Arab country after Einat Schlein, who was Israel’s top representative in Jordan.

Oron has vast experience in diplomacy where she served as Israel’s ambassador to Turkey for two years, and has been working at the foreign ministry for 27 years. She was also the director of the Foreign Ministry’s Department of Communications in the Arab World.

Oron studied Islamic and Middle Eastern studies and speaks Arabic.

Cairo and Tel Aviv did not reveal the date of the new ambassador's arrival.

Egypt and Israel signed a peace treaty in 1979 after four wars between the two countries.

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