MEET THE AMBASSADORS • By GREER FAY CASHMAN Over the summer months there was a large exodus of heads of foreign diplomatic missions who had completed their tenure in Israel and left the country. As a result, there have been many changes in the diplomatic community. In some cases there were instant replacements, in others, replacements are yet to come.
In countries in which there were elections resulting in a change of government and policy, appointments of new ambassadors are likely to be deferred to early next year, and the burden of running the embassy falls on the deputy chief of mission or on the chargé d’affaires, who in smaller embassies is also the DCM. Sometimes, the departing ambassador is asked to stay on till a replacement is appointed.