On his way to the United States for his tenure as ambassador to the United Nations and Washington, Gilad Ardan reveals how he will fulfill his duties • "Issues with existential implications for Israel are on the agenda"
Gilad Ardan and his family on their way to the United States
"To be on the offensive and not on the defensive. To maintain stateliness, to represent the country with dignity, and to completely avoid a defensive stance. Always prefer the offensive stance." This is the main concept that is going to guide the work of Gilad Ardan, Israel's new ambassador to the UN. "This was also my line as Minister of Strategic Affairs. "An attack on all the boycotts against Israel and the BDS actions, all of which are hypocrisy and spreading lies," he adds.
Arden, his wife Shlomit, and their four children landed in New York on Tuesday, and in the coming days he will submit his charter to the UN Secretary-General, apparently in Zoom, and begin his role at the UN. On January 20, after the US election, Arden will take office Added when he replaces Ron Drummer as Israel's ambassador to Washington. At the moment his appointment is for one year only.
"After a year, Bnei Gantz is supposed to become prime minister, and he will be able to decide whether I continue or not, because he has the right to appoint his own man. This is on the assumption that he will indeed be prime minister," Arden explains. My assessment is that despite all the prophecies, the political system, at least the Likud, will continue as it is today in the coming years, without change. "
In a comprehensive interview with the "Shishvat" supplement, which will be published tomorrow, Arden details some of his plans as ambassador to the UN. "Issues with existential implications for Israel are on the agenda. The arms embargo on Iran is set to expire on October 18. If that happens, Iran could buy advanced aircraft and submarines. "The United States is trying to extend the embargo, but it will probably run into difficulties in the Security Council." On the issue of applying sovereignty, he notes that he has not received any instructions from the prime minister, "but he is committed to the issue. The corona and the US election only delayed the process and did not remove it from the agenda."
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In an interview, Arden concludes a five-year term as Minister of Internal Security. Among other things, he refers to his two attempts to nominate candidates for the position of commissioner, which were rejected by the Advisory Committee for the Appointment of Senior Civil Servants, and therefore there is no permanent commissioner for the police for nearly two years. "The one who needs to explain why there is no commissioner today is not me, but Judge Goldberg, the chairman of the committee," Arden says firmly.
"There is currently no permanent commissioner for the Israel Police because of the delusional standards that appointments committee examines." The full interview - tomorrow in "Shishvat"