The Consul General

The Consul General

  •   Joël Lion
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    Joel Lion is an Israeli diplomat, an ordained Orthodox rabbi, a loving husband to Rivka and the proud father of eight children.

    Since immigrating to Israel from Luxemburg in 1982, Lion has served the country in a number of increasingly significant positions; beginning with a tour of duty as a Sergeant Major in an Israeli artillery unit.

    His extensive academic background in political science and his fluency in seven languages have allowed him to play a key role in a wide range of diplomatic and political arenas. Lion succeeded in strengthening relations and influencing dialogue between Europe and Israel through his various postings in the region; first as deputy chief of mission for Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia; then as charge d’affaires for Slovakia and as first secretary in Vienna; and finally as counsellor for political and public affairs in Berlin.​​

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    Notable assignments in Lion’s diplomatic career have included: election monitoring in Estonia; operating as spokesman on behalf of the MFA in Bethlehem during the Second Intifada; and serving at the helm of the press center in Sderot during Operation Cast Lead.

    Joel Lion's energetic and passionate nature have distinguished him amongst the foremost spokespeople of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since his appointment as Consul of Media Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York, Lion has been a sought-after speaker; and as such has been heralded in the Jerusalem Post as “inventive, spiritual and moving.”  Lion has been invited to lecture on university campuses, at religious and political gatherings throughout North America.

    Today, Joel Lion serves as Consul General of Israel to Quebec and the Atlantic provinces; as well as permanent representative to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).  
     
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