New Israeli ambassador to Poland vows to focus on the future

On October 10, President Andrzej Duda received credentials from Ben-Zvi, who replaced envoy Anna Azari in the post. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Alexander Ben-Zvi, the new Israeli ambassador to Poland, tweeted on Wednesday that he wants to target the future of mutual relations and further exchange between Israeli and Polish companies.

"We must not forget the past but we have to focus on future relations between Israel and Poland," he said in a welcome video posted on the Israeli Embassy's Twitter account.

On October 10, President Andrzej Duda received credentials from Ben-Zvi, who replaced envoy Anna Azari in the post.

The new ambassador said in the video that he has been working for the ministry for foreign affairs for 36 years and Poland was his seventh posting. He added that his first diplomatic mission was in Poland 30 years ago and that he is "returning to familiar places."

"There is an exciting economic exchange between Israel and Poland, our mutual trade is worth a billion dollars but potential is much greater," the diplomat also said, adding that he intends to further support this cooperation.

Introducing himself, the envoy said that he emigrated to Israel from Ukraine as a child. He studied international relations in Israel, Argentina and Slovakia and holds a PhD degree in this field. He added that while working for the Israeli foreign ministry he handled matters of Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Among his private interests he mentioned cooking, football and music, adding he is a member of a music band of diplomats who perform during charity events.

The new ambassador knows six languages: Hebrew, English, Polish, Spanish, Russian, Yiddish and Slovak.

He is married with four children.