MembersAvi Pazner: “My mission in Rome”

Avi Pazner was appointed as the Israeli ambassador to Rome in 1991.

By Aviel Schneider |
Vatican
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As Israel’s envoy in Italy, he had direct contact with the Holy See, and was able to pave the way for diplomatic relations between Israel and the Catholic Church. In an interview with Israel Today, Pazner recalled:

“Prior to being sent to Rome, I had no interest in Christianity. But when he sent me out, then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir gave me some advice: ‘Try to achieve what no one has been able to in the past 45 years – persuade the Vatican to recognize the State of Israel. This is very important for Israel!’

“So, I began to read everything I could about Christianity and the Catholic...

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