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  • Iran nuclear talks show progress, Western diplomat says

    February 28, 2013 | 4:20 pm

    Nuclear talks between Iran and world powers this week were more constructive and positive than in the past, but Iran's willingness to negotiate seriously will not become clear until an April meeting, a senior Western diplomat said on Thursday.

    The diplomat was more upbeat about...

  • Morocco evacuates Israeli diplomat

    March 26, 2012 | 10:35 am

    Pro-Palestinian protests forced the evacuation of an Israeli diplomat from Morocco.

    David Saranga, Israel’s senior liaison to the European Parliament, traveled from Brussels to Rabat over the weekend for an international conference of lawmakers. But the event was overshadowed by a...

  • Diplomat challenges U.S. Jewish views on France

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 15, 2012 | 5:04 pm

    Francois Zimeray, France’s ambassador-at-large for human rights, was in Los Angeles recently, and during a two-hour breakfast of croissants and assorted fruits, shared two observations:

    First, though Israel has real enemies in the world, it also has a lot of friends, and not...

  • Hungary, Sweden launch Raoul Wallenberg Year

    January 18, 2012 | 10:48 am

    Ceremonies in Budapest inaugurated Raoul Wallenberg Year, a series of events marking the centennial of the birth of the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust.

    Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and...

  • As one, D.C. insiders speaking up for ousted Israeli diplomat

    October 10, 2011 | 3:44 pm

    Washington’s fractious Middle East policy community is speaking in one voice in support of Danny Arbell, an Israeli diplomat widely admired for his capacity for listening.

    Arbell made headlines in Israel last month when the Foreign Ministry removed him from his post as the Israeli...

  • Egypt is not withdrawing Israel envoy, diplomat says

    August 23, 2011 | 10:31 am

    Egypt is not preparing to withdraw its ambassador to Israel, an Egyptian diplomat said on Tuesday, playing down an earlier threat to bring home the envoy in protest at the killing of five Egyptian security personnel near the Israeli border.

    The deaths, which Egypt blamed on Israel,...

  • Diplomat’s removal not due to threats, State Dept. says

    May 31, 2011 | 3:41 pm

    The U.S. State Department denied that the removal of one of its diplomats from Bahrain was due to threats.

    Ludovic Hood, a human rights officer, left Bahrain on May 26 following two months of threats, including Internet photos of Hood’s wife and information on where he and his...

  • No. 1 goal for new consul— telling L.A. ‘what Israel is’

    By Tom Tugend

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Yaakov Dayan, the new Israeli consul general for the Southwestern states, has just moved into his high-rise office on Wilshire Boulevard.

    The walls are bare and pockmarked with nail holes, but leaning against a chair are the first two pictures to go up. One is a head drawing of...

  • Former Jewish Agency head tapped as Israel’s next ambassador to U.S.

    By Ron Kampeas

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    One of Sallai Meridor's first acts as chairman-elect of the Jewish Agency for Israel was to deliver relief to a Muslim country, Albania.
    The delivery of food and medicine to refugees from the Kosovo crisis in April 1999 was a first for the organization best known for rescuing...
  • Israeli Diplomats Reach Out to L.A. Iranian Media

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Representatives from Southern California-based Persian-language satellite radio stations and television shows attended a special press conference on Aug. 28, held for them at Los Angeles' Israeli consulate, the first public interaction between the Israeli government and local...

  • France Honors Quiet Diplomacy of Rabbi

    By Tom Tugend

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Quiet diplomacy rarely makes headlines, but one example of the art received public recognition this month when France bestowed one of its highest honors on Rabbi Gary Greenebaum.

    In conferring the National Order of Merit, France's second highest civilian award, on the Western...

  • The Italian Job

    By Rob Eshman

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm


    Diego Brasioli is a diplomat with a secret life. Italy's consul general in Los Angeles is not, a la John le Carré, a spy on the side. But he is, a la John le Carré, a novelist.

    Brasioli has written a book, "Paradise Cafe," which sold surprisingly well in Italy and earned him...

  • One Tough Room

    By Wildman Weiner

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As a Los Angeles Unified School District teacher of world issues for seniors in Los Angeles, I began yesterday's class by playing a taped interview of Michael Moore talking about his movie, "Fahrenheit 9/11." I had suggested that the class go see the film, so we could discuss it.


  • Q & A With Yuval Rotem

    By Tom Tugend

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Consul General -- now Ambassador -- Yuval Rotem arrived as a 39-year-old career diplomat in Los Angeles in September 1999, with his wife, Miri, and their three children. He will return to Jerusalem Aug. 16, leaving behind hundreds of friends who consider him one of the most popular...

  • Out on a Limb

    By Tom Tugend

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    During the darkest days of the Holocaust, 63 diplomats from 24 countries risked their careers, in some cases their lives, by issuing unauthorized visas and protective letters to save an estimated 200,000 Jews.The deeds of four of these brave envoys are honored in the documentary film...

  • Sugihara’s Mitzvah

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Diane Estelle Vicari and Robert Kirk cheered when the Japanese foreign ministry apologized to Chiune Sugihara's family this month.

    The filmmakers' acclaimed documentary, "Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness," which screens at the International Jewish Film Festival this month, helped...

  • Reviews of “The Envoy” and “Hitler’s Head”

    By Tom Tugend

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "You can't confront evil on its own ground without becoming part of it," muses diplomat Heinrich Zwygart in "The Envoy," and his self-recognition clearly applies to Switzerland, the country he represented faithfully in Berlin during the six years of World War II.

    Zwygart's job was to...