The government of Israel will be losing a key and effective diplomat in New York just when it needs her most.
Israel’s UN Ambassador Gabriela Shalev, highly praised for her low-key, thoughtful and compassionate work these last two years, is returning to Israel and her academic life at the end of this month on the eve of what some Israeli officials here are already predicting will be a “Black September” for the Jewish state at the UN.
Several hundred people gathered at the Prime Grill in Midtown last week for a tribute to four Israeli diplomats who will be rotated home at the end of August. Honoring UN Ambassador Gabriela Shalev and her deputy, Danny Carmon and Consul General Asaf Shariv and his deputy, Benjamin Krasna, were New York Jewish leaders, politicians and envoys from France, Germany and Morocco, as well as U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, who spoke warmly of Shalev as “truly one of my favorite people” and “a lioness in defense of Israel’s security and legitimacy.”