Both envoys, Walid Abidat, a Jordanian career diplomat, and Egypt’s Ataf Salam, are expected to present their credentials to the Israeli president in mid-October.
The new Jordanian ambassador was appointed to the post which had been vacant for two years after Cairo named a replacement for outgoing ambassador Yasser Rada whose stint ended in July. Salam has already worked in Israel as Egyptian consul in the southern city of Eilat. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman welcomed the two appointments. But, referring to the often hostile rhetoric of Egyptian and Jordanian rulers, he called for more work to fill the peace treaties Israel signed with the two Arab states with more positive content and less acrimonious.