Yigal Palmor is the Director of Public Affairs and Communications of the Jewish Agency for Israel. He was the Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Israel from August 2008 to August 2014. Prior to this post, he served stints in Madrid and in Paris, served as Deputy Director of the European Institutions department, and later as Director of the Maghreb, Syria and Lebanon department. In February 2013, he was elected "Best Government Spokesperson" in a survey of Israeli journalists.
He was criticized by some for calling Brazil an "economic and cultural giant but a diplomatic dwarf" in July 2014, in response to Brazil recalling its ambassador for consultations over Israel's military operation in Gaza. However, his statement encountered a supportive follow up in some of Brazil's leading media, who used it to criticize their own government's policy, while in Israel, Israeli president Reuven Rivlin's apology came under severe criticism itself.
On 27 May 2014, it was reported that his retirement from the ministry was imminent, after a career spanning 28 years.
- "Foreign Ministry names new spokesman". 26 February 2008.
- "דירוג הדוברים הראשון - התוצאות הסופיות".
- "Israel apologises after govt official calls Brazil a 'diplomatic dwarf'". 12 August 2014.
- "Israel slams 'diplomatic dwarf' Brazil for recalling envoy to protest Gaza operation". 24 July 2014.
- "Israel chama Brasil de "anão diplomático". E está certo!". 24 July 2014.
- "Um erro do Estadao.E o dia em que discordei de ume autoridade israelense". 11 August 2014.
- "Desproporcional não é só o 7 a 1". 25 July 2014.
- "Anão diplomático". 31 July 2014.
- "Against Foreign Min. recommendation, Rivlin apologizes to Brazil for criticism of ambassador recall". 12 August 2014.
- Tova Dvorin (27 May 2014). "'Mass Exodus' of Foreign Ministry Officials: Yigal Palmor, veteran MFA spokesman, reportedly considering retirement. Is this the latest in a string of resignations?".
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