Naim Araidi has been given the post of Israel’s ambassador to Norway. Norwegians show Israeli disfavour.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has appointed the Druze professor to replace Michael Eligal. George Deek, a Christian-Arab diplomat, is his deputy.
The move, to improve Norwegians’ impression of Israel, comes following results of a poll conducted on behalf of Israel’s Foreign Ministry.
It shows the majority of Norwegians consider Israelis to be racist, aggressive, extreme in their views and anti-peace, according to newspaper Yediot Ahronoth,
62-year-old Naim Araidi is a Hebrew literature professor who has published many books including collections of poetry. He also presents a weekly children’s television programme.
“It would be a great privilege for me to represent Israel and show its beautiful side, as well as the coexistence that despite all the hardships can only be maintained in a true democracy,” he is reported as saying.
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