The new ambassador, Hazem Khairat, has previously served as the assistant to the deputy foreign minister on diplomatic and consular matters. Khairat will replace Atef Salem el-Ahl, the current ambassador to Israel.
The Israeli foreign ministry has authorized reports coming out of Egypt on the appointment, and has issued a statement on the matter, saying: “The Foreign Ministry welcomes the appointment.”
The outgoing ambassador, Salam, has been serving from Egypt since 2012, when then-president of Egypt Mohammed Morsi withdrew him from Tel Aviv in protest over operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza. Since then, the ambassador has not returned to Tel Aviv.