lunedì 21 giugno 2021

Raphael Schutz is the new Israeli Ambassador to the Vatican

(R.C., a cura "Il sismografo") The cabinet voted Sunday in favor of 36 professional appointments of ambassadors and consuls-general to be posted around the world. -- Earlier Sunday, the Ministerial Committee for Foreign Service Appointments approved the diplomats for the top positions in Thailand, Sweden, the Vatican, Senegal, Panama, EU institutions in Brussels, Japan and more.
The diplomatic appointments had been delayed by six months in the previous government, and was the subject of a lawsuit earlier this month.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that "this is something that was stuck for a long time," and that Foreign Minister Yair Lapid "opened up the traffic jam, and we are on our way."
Lapid said, "the appointments we authorized today waited too long. The State of Israel needs the best people to fight for its good name in the world. These are some of the best professionals in Israel who are a significant and critical part of strengthening Israel's diplomatic and security status." (Jerusalem Post)
Raphael Schutz new Israeli Ambassador to the Vatican
R. Schutz (...) is a diplomat, and has been a diplomat for the past 30 years, including in a number of Spanish-speaking countries such as Colombia and Spain, after starting his career in Chile. Before his Norwegian tenure, he was head of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Europe Department. He has a lot of experience and a solid background to form his own opinions.
“The most important element is that I was born in Israel in 1957, when the state was nine years old”, says Schutz. “My parents were refugees from Germany. They arrived with my grandparents to the Palestine Mandate region when they were under a British mandate in the 1930s. The feeling of being a refugee and having to fight for basic rights – a state of your own – is what mainly defines me. I am an Israeli who does not take Israel’s existence as a given. I am also someone who believes that history has shown us that Jews do not only have the right to live in Israel, but also that they should have a full mandate to live in a sovereign state. Because we have seen what happens when we don’t have that”, says Schutz.
“This is probably me in a nutshell. I studied history and political science at the Bar-Ilan University in Israel – actually a religious university with a majority of non-religious students. While I’m an Israeli, I am not a practicing Jew. But nationally, I define myself 100% as a Jew, because Judaism is not only about religion.”  (from, november 18, 2015)