Shahar Azani is the consul for media affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York. He has since been responsible for maintaining direct contact with American media in the tri-state area since 2011.
Prior to joining the Consulate in New York, Shahar served as deputy spokesperson at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Israel’s consul for culture, media and public affairs in Los Angeles; and deputy ambassador at the Embassy of the State of Israel in Nairobi, Kenya. Shahar began working in the Foreign Ministry in 1998, where he served as assistant spokesperson at the Embassy of Israel in London and then spent a year at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ legal division’s department for international agreements and treaties.
Before joining the school of diplomacy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Shahar practiced Law at Haim Zadok and Company, based in Tel Aviv. Shahar has a law degree (LLB) as well as an MBA.
A fascinating firsthand account of a meeting Rabbi Lau had with Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion. In this meeting, Rabbi Lau verifies a story told about Ben Gurion who appeared before the Peel Commission (headed by Lord Peel from the U.K. House of Lords), and upon being asked if he has a “Kushan” (Ottoman land deed, as referred to in those days) proving that the Jews own the land of Israel, held up a book of the Torah exclaiming “Here is your Kushan!