Israel's ambassador to Switzerland, Yitzhak Mayer, is being recalled, as a result of the political turmoil in the country. He is one of several ambassadors being removed from their posts.This content was published on August 9, 2000 - 08:48
Mayer, who has been ambassador since 1997, will leave Switzerland in September at the end of his mandate, the Israeli government announced on Tuesday.
He is a member of the National Religious Party, which last month left the coalition led by the prime minister, Ehud Barak.
Mayer told the Swiss news agency his removal was the result of the resignation last week of the foreign minister, David Levy. He said he had been one of Levy's political appointees.
Three other ambassadors, in London, Paris and Pretoria - seen as close to Levy -have also been removed.
Mayer had previously served as Israel's consul general in Zurich from 1979-80.
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