Israel’s Foreign Ministry has named Amira Oron, as Israel next ambassador to Egypt, to be the first women to hold the post since the signing of the Camp David Accords in 1979.
Oron, who replaces David Govrin who has held the Cairo post since 2016, served as Israel’s chargé d’affaires in Ankara, Turkey from 2014 to 2016.
She is the first woman to serve as Israel’s ambassador to Cairo, and the second woman to be chosen as the country ambassador to an Arab country after Einat Klein, who was top Israel diplomatic representative to Jordan.
Oron is fluent in Arabic, and studied Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, according to Israeli media.
She has served in many posts in the Israeli Foreign Ministry since 1991. She was as a staff member of the Israeli embassy in Cairo and deputy spokesperson as well as head of the ministry’s Arab Media Department.
The Israeli embassy in Cairo closed on September 2011, after thousands of Egyptian protesters stormed the consulate, calling on the government to cut ties with Israel.
The embassy reopened again in September 2015, and it closed again late in 2016, due to security threats then reopened in 2017.
On 17 September 1979, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and US President Jimmy Carter signed the Camp David Accords.
The agreement included a formal peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, the establishment of diplomatic relations, and the withdrawal of Israel from the Sinia Peninsula as well as resolving the Palestinian issue.