A first in the Israeli Foreign Service: Hassan Ka'bia, a Muslim-Bedouin, was named consul general of the Israeli consulate in Alexandria, Egypt, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Thursday.
Ka'bia, a former Lieutenant Colonel in the IDF, began his service in the Foreign Ministry in the Middle East Division and was later stationed in Cairo.
The Israeli consul general has been stationed in Egypt's Cairo for the past several years, not in Alexandria, for security reasons. Ka'bia, the Foreign Ministry told Ynet, insists on relocating back to Alexandria.
Deputy Foreign Minister MK Majalli Whbee (Kadima) prompted a revolution of sorts in the Israeli Foreign Service, as 30% of the participants in the Foreign Ministry's prestigious cadets' program are now members of the various minorities in Israel – Arabs, Druze, Bedouin and Circassian.
The Foreign Ministry launches its cadets' program every two or three years. Each six-month program has approximately 3,000 applicants, but only 20 to 30 are accepted. The program is followed by an additional two-year, on-the-job training.
According to MK Whbee, the new policy will ensure at least 8 cadets in each program will be non-Jewish: "This is a revolutionary step in integrating minorities in the State's most prestigious positions. We no longer settle for token participation and have instated Affirmative action."
Twelve minority members are currently a part of the Israeli foreign service, most of them Druze.