As Acting Consul General Israel Nitzan coordinates the political work at the Israeli Consulate in New York. He develops and maintains relations with national, state, and local elected officials as well as community leaders within the Consulate’s five-state jurisdiction as a representative of the State of Israel.
New York is Israel’s fourth foreign posting with the Ministry. He served at the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, as Spokesperson from 2002 to 2005, returning in 2009 as the Deputy Chief of Mission until an attack during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution forced the Embassy to evacuate.
From 2012 until 2015, he served as the Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations, where he spoke before the U.N. Security Council and oversaw Israeli political engagement policies within the U.N. system. He then became the Director of the Foreign Ministry’s U.N. Political Affairs Department in 2015, serving there until 2018 when he moved to the Consulate.
Israel has served in the Foreign Ministry in other capacities, such as in the Arms Control Department, the Southeast Asia Department, and in the Center for Policy Research focusing on the Islamic world.
Born in Netanya in 1975, Israel completed his B.A. in Middle East History and International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem following his military service. He is fluent in Hebrew, English and Arabic, and enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.