PALAU PRESIDENT APPOINTS CONSUL TO ISRAEL

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By Nazario Rodriguez Jr.

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, Jan. 4) — Palau President Tommy Remengesau recently appointed an honorary consul of Palau in Israel in an effort to strengthen ties between the two countries particularly in economic development and tourism.

Named to the new post was Arnon Perlman, who told reporters during a simple ceremony on Friday Dec. 28 at the poolside of Palau Pacific Resort that he was chief media adviser to the late former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

He said he also served as special emissary to several missions around the world.

At present, Perlan is involved in private businesses both in Israel and to several countries as Board member and in research programs.

Commenting on his new post, Perlan said he would be helping market Palau in Israel specifically tourism.

Perlan, who served as a captain in the Israeli Navy, is currently a diving instructor by profession.

"I am very much interested in marine life. Palau is one of the best diving places and we are very supportive of Micronesia Challenge," he said.

During the ceremony, Perlan announced the $200,000 donation from Russian businessman Vladimir Gussinski to be used for the next four years in connection with the Micronesian Challenge.

Senate Floor Leader Alan Seid, the honorary consul of Israel to Palau, presented Perlan to the guests and reporters at the ceremony.

Some of those present included Palau’s Ambassador to the United Nations Stuart Beck, Minister Victor Yano representing President Remengesau, Foreign Affairs Director Isaac Soaladaob, Seid’s wife Sofia and Israel natives Tova Harel and Navot Bornovski of Fish N’ Fins.

Gussinski’s wife Elena Konstantino and Guinness World record holder in diving Nuno Gomes and his wife.

Soaladaob read the appointment letter by the President.

Palau and Israel are close allies of the Unites States. They supported the US in voting controversial issues in the United Nations.

The latest of which was the UN Resolution against the lifting of US economic embargo on Cuba.

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