WASHINGTON – Ron Prosor officially assumed the position of Israel's 16th ambassador to the United Nations on Wednesday.
Prosor, up until recently Israel's ambassador to London, will be Israel's envoy to the UN in September, when the Palestinian Authority plans to declare statehood unilaterally.
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"It is a great honor and responsibility to represent Israel in the halls of the UN," the new ambassador told Ynet.
Prosor will present UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with his letter of accreditation next week, after Ban returns from a trip to South America.
Prosor, 53, is aware of the difficult challenges that await him in New York, including a possible vote on the recognition of a Palestinian state during the General Assembly Summit in September, and the de-legitimization efforts against Israel.
In addition to the political battlefield, the new ambassador said he intends to promote other issues "in order to present Israel as a contributing society in the UN, in the fields of agriculture, public health, technology, environment, water and solar energy."
Prosor served as the director-general of the Foreign Ministry between October 2004 and June 2006 before his appointment as the ambassador to London in 2007.
Prosor also served as the political adviser in the Israeli Embassy in Washington between 1998 and 2002. During his term, he participated in the Camp David summit in 2000.
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