Shalom Cohen (diplomat)

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Shalom Cohen (Hebrew: שלום כהן‎‎, born 1955) is an Israeli diplomat who served as ambassador to Egypt, a post he held from 2005 to 2010, and is now the ambassador to the South Pacific, in New Zealand.[1] Before that, he was chairman for the Israeli mission in Tunis from 1996 to 2000, and worked at the Arab Maghreb department at the Israeli foreign ministry from 2000 to 2003.

Assassination plot[edit]

In July 2009, Egyptian security forces uncovered a plot by three "Al-Qaeda-linked" terrorists to assassinate the ambassador at his home and bomb the Israeli embassy building in Cairo.[2] The three conspirators confessed during interrogation and provided details of their plans. The three claimed they had plans to carry out a "series of attacks" against police stations and government offices, as well as holy Christian and Islamic sites.[3] The credibility of these confession have been doubted as some suspect they were extracted under torture.[4]


  1. ^ "New Israeli ambassador arrives in Cairo". Arabic 24 May 2005. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Khoury, Jack (9 August 2009). "Terror cell plotted to kill Israeli Ambassador to Egypt". Haaretz. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  3. ^ Ben Gedalyahu, Tzvi (2009-08-09). "Terrorists Plotted to Kill Israeli Envoy to Egypt". Israel National News. Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Israeli ambassador in Egypt's security bolstered". The Jerusalem Post. 2009-08-08. Retrieved 15 August 2009. 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Elle Shaked
Israeli Ambassador to Egypt
2005 – 2009
Succeeded by
Itzhak Levanon