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JERUSALEM (JPS) — Veteran Likud member Eliahu Ben-Elissar has been appointed Israel's ambassador to the United States.

Ben-Elissar, 64, will replace outgoing Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich on Sept. 1.

First elected to the Knesset in 1981, Ben-Elissar headed Israel's first delegation to Cairo in 1977 and was appointed first ambassador there in 1980.

The appointment is considered to be a way of making up for a series of disappointments Ben-Elissar suffered when he was left with no real function in the Knesset after failing to be elected Knesset Speaker or gaining a position on the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Ben-Elissar holds degrees in political science from the University of Paris and the University of Geneva.

He was member of Israel's delegation to the Madrid peace talks in 1991 under Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir.