Israel’s Ambassador to the Holy See, Zion Evrony, was born in 1949 and grew up in Israel. He arrived at his new post in Rome on August 1, 2012 and presented his credentials to Pope Benedict XVI on September 5th, 2012.
A veteran diplomat, Ambassador Evrony joined the Foreign Service in 1973 after three years of military service and briefly working as a journalist. He has held several positions overseas, including: Ambassador to Ireland (2006-2010); Consul General in Houston (1995-2002); Consul in New York (1987-1991).
Ambassador Evrony has also held several positions in the Foreign Ministry Headquarters in Jerusalem: Special Advisor for Academic Affairs to the Director General (2011-2012); Head of the Policy Planning Bureau (2003-2006); Director of the International Department and the Iranian Desk at the Policy Research Center (1991-1994); Director of the Diplomatic Cadet Course (1976-1977).
In 2000, he received the Israel’s Foreign Service Award and the Civil Service Award for Excellence in recognition of his work as Consul General in Houston.
Ambassador Evrony received a Ph.D. in International Relations, a Master in Business Administration and a Bachelor in sociology and political Science, all from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Ambassador Evrony has published many articles in the international press on Israel and the peace process.
His career has also included several university teaching positions as a guest lecturer on Human Rights in International Relations at the Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University and the Open University in Israel.
He is married to Rita, a social worker, and they have three children.