An Israeli representative was chosen for the first time to serve as a member of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, an organization in which 20 countries are members. Israel's nomination was supported by 80 countries. Foreign Ministry officials see this as "a great success following the efforts invested in the past two years and an upgrading of Israel's international status in the world."
Israel will be represented by architect Michael Turner, chairman of the Israeli World Heritage Committee. (Roee Mahmias)