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Incoming ambassador to UK Tzipi Hotovely arrives in London

Former minister for settlement affairs, currently self-quarantined in her new residence, now waiting for date to present her letter of credence to Queen Elizabeth II

By RAPHAEL AHREN | TOI
October 4, 2020

Israel’s incoming ambassador to the United Kingdom, Tzipi Hotovely, last week arrived in London with her family. Currently self-quarantining, she is waiting for a date to present her letter of credence to Queen Elizabeth II before she formally assumes her new position.

“Delighted and excited to be here. Proud to represent my country,” she tweeted on Thursday, together with a photo of herself, her husband and daughter dragging suitcases into their new London residence.

The appointment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s former minister for settlement affairs has been somewhat controversial in Britain. An online petition by Jewish pro-Palestinian activists urging the UK government to reject her on the grounds of her right-wing policies garnered more than 1,800 signatures.

“Hotovely has an appalling record of racist and inflammatory behavior from throughout her political career,” the petition read. “As British Jews we are clear: Tzipi Hotovely’s values and politics have no place in the UK. It is crucial that the UK government sends a message that her views are unacceptable, and rejects her nomination as ambassador.”

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