Doron Almog who was investigated by Spain in 2009 appointed new Jewish Agency chairman

Doron Almog who was investigated by Spain in 2009 appointed new Jewish Agency chairman. Image: Twitter Jewish Agency

FORMER major general in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) reserves Doron Almog has been appointed as the new chairman of the Jewish Agency – established in 1929 as the operative branch of the World Zionist Organisation (WZO) – after the 93-year-old organisation went a year without someone at the helm.

After being nominated last month, Doron Almog was appointed the Jewish Agency’s new chairman on Sunday, July 10. Almog was among the Israeli officials investigated by the National Court in Spain back in 2009 over the 2002 assassination of Hamas official Salah Shehade.

“#BREAKING Ex-IDF general Doron Almog was approved as the new chairman of the @JewishAgency this morning by the Board of Governors in Jer – after the 93-year-old organization went a year without someone at the helm. Also approved: Mark Wilf as chairman of the board,” reporter Zvika Klein wrote.

Seventy-one-year-old Almog received the Israel Prize for his lifetime of achievement in 2016.

His most recent position for the IDF was head of the Southern Command in which he served from 2000 to 2003 and secured the border of the Gaza Strip against infiltration by Palestinian militants.

The Jewish Agency for Israel, formerly known as The Jewish Agency for Palestine, is the largest Jewish non-profit organisation in the world.

The WZO’s stated mission is to “ensure that every Jewish person feels an unbreakable bond to one another and to Israel no matter where they live in the world, so that they can continue to play their critical role in our ongoing Jewish story.”

Last month, the Jewish Agency announced Almog’s nomination.

“We are delighted to announce that the nominating Committee of The Jewish Agency for Israel recommended today the nomination of Maj. Gen. (Res.) Doron Almog as its candidate for the position of Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for the next four years.”

The investigation into the 2002 assassination of Hamas official Salah Shehade was eventually dropped on grounds that the attack had already been investigated by Israel.

Shehade was killed by the IDF on July 22, 2002, after a one-ton bomb dropped by an F-16 plane landed on his house in Gaza City. Fifteen people were killed, including Shehade, his wife and his daughter.

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Matthew Roscoe

Originally from the UK, Matthew is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]


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