Ehud Avriel

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Ehud Avriel
Ehud Avriel.jpg
Date of birth 1917
Place of birth Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Year of aliyah 1940
Date of death 27 August 1980
Knessets 3
Faction represented in Knesset
1955–1957 Mapai
1951 Diplomatic passport used by Avriel in Romania

Ehud Avriel (Hebrew: אהוד אבריאל‎; born Georg Überall, 1917 – 27 August 1980) was an Israeli diplomat and politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Mapai between 1955 and 1957.


Born in Vienna in Austria-Hungary, Avriel was educated at a local gymnasium. He was a member of the Blue-White movement, and between 1938 and 1940 worked for the Youth Aliyah office in occupied Vienna.

He immigrated to Mandatory Palestine in 1940 and settled in kibbutz Neot Mordechai. He joined the Haganah, and was involved in the Rescue Committee assisting Jews flee Europe. He spent some years in Turkey as well for that purpose. After the war ended he helped illegal Jewish immigration to Palestine. In 1946, he was sent to Czechoslovakia to purchase arms for the Jewish community. On 28 July 1948 he became envoy to Czechoslovakia and Hungary. Together with Israeli tycoon Efraim Ilin, Avriel negotiated an arms deal with Czechoslovakia.[1] Two years later he was moved to Romania were he remained there, as head of the legation, until late March 1951, returning to Israel in April.

pages from Ehud Avriel's diplomatic passport - 1951

In 1955, he was elected to the Knesset on the Mapai list. However, he resigned on 31 July 1957, and was appointed ambassador to Ghana, Liberia and Congo, a position he held until 1960. Between 1961 and 1965, he served as deputy director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before serving as ambassador to Italy between 1965 and 1968. He later worked as a consul general in Chicago in 1974, and an ambassador for Special Affairs between 1977 and 1979.[2]

He died in 1980.


  1. ^ Friend of Israel CT24, 19 November 2007
  2. ^ Ehud Avriel: Public Activities Knesset website

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