Joseph Ivor Linton
Born in Russia, he immigrated to England in 1919, where he engaged in Zionist activities on behalf of the Jewish Agency for Palestine. Following the establishment of the State of Israel, he served as Israeli Minister Plenipotentiary in Australia (December 6, 1950–May 9, 1952), Japan (December 26, 1952–August 1, 1957), Switzerland and Thailand. In 1961 served as head of the Israeli delegation to the United Nations Conference on Diplomatic Intercourse and Immunities, held in Vienna. He was a personal friend of Israel's first President, Chaim Weizmann, whom he had known in England. Linton disapproved of the Israeli reprisal policy against civilians in neighboring Arab countries.
Linton was a highly unusual diplomat. Not knowing any Hebrew, he wrote all his diplomatic reports in English. He was also very temperamental, which was the result of the mistrust shown towards him by his superiors in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
For further reading
John Katz, Israeli-Japanese Relations 1948-1963 Tel Aviv, 2007
- VICE REGAL, from The Canberra Times, 23 June 1950, archived at TROVE, National Library of Australia; retrieved May 20, 2011
- Before Oil: Japan and the Question of Israel/Palestine, 1917-1956, from The Asia-Pacific Journal (archived at JapanFocus.org); by John de Boer; published March 5, 2005; retrieved May 20, 2011
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