TORONTO LAWYER BECOMES AMBASSADOR TO ISRAEL

Jan 08, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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A Toronto lawyer is Canada’s new ambassador to Israel .

Vivian Bercovici was once a senior policy advisor to former Ontario Finance Minister Ernie Eves and is an outspoken critic of militant group Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.

Bercovici is the first non-diplomat the Harper government has appointed to Israel.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Bercovici will be Canada’s representative to Israel exclusively – and not the Palestinian Authority.

The new ambassador is a partner at Dickinson Wright LLP, a leading U.S. law firm – that claims a strong Canadian presence.

The announcement comes as Prime Minister Stephen Harper prepares to visit Israel for the first time later this month.

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