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Israel names envoy to South Sudan


January 10, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The foreign ministry of Israel on Tuesday named an envoy to the new Republic of South Sudan, few weeks after South Sudan’s president visited the Jewish State.

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The Israeli diplomat Haim Koren has been appointed as his country’s non-resident ambassador in South Sudan (www.ifimes.org)

The ministry said that the former director of its political planning division, Haim Koren, will serve as a non-resident ambassador in South Sudan’s capital Juba.

Koren’s appointment comes after the South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir, paid a one day visit to Israel in late December where he was warmly welcomed and held talks with top Israeli officials, including President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The new envoy, who previously served in the U.S. and Egypt, is an Arabic speaking expert who can distinguish among local Sudanese dialects, according to Jerusalem Post.

In this capacity, the paper said, he was used by security officials a number of times when they were trying to determine whether illegal immigrants in Israel claiming to be political refugees from Sudan’s western region of Darfur were indeed from that region.

Israel has been grappling with an influx of immigrants coming from South Sudan through its shared borders with Egypt. The Jewish state is seeking to repatriate more than 8000 illegal immigrants to the new country.

Jerusalem Post also mentioned that Koren’s previous nomination as Israel’s ambassador to Turkmenistan was rejected by the country’s government which claimed he was a spy because he had spent three years as an instructor at the National Security College.

South Sudan, which seceded from the Muslim ruled Sudan in July last year, received covert support from the Jewish state during its war against the north, which lasted for more than two decades.

Israel was quick to recognise the independence of the country and pledged to establish full diplomatic and economic relations with Juba.


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  • 11 January 2012 08:15, by omoni jr.

    why is he gonna be non-resident ambassador??
    He might be spy as turkumenistan rejected him.

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    • 11 January 2012 09:50, by choldit

      Israel is one of the countries South Sudan should honour to have full diplomatic with cose of its rule during the liberation of this land. I am so happy to hear what I heard.Ttherefore, at my capacity as citizen in RSS, I welcome Mr. Koren!

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    • 11 January 2012 10:17, by Aarai Baka

      When I was in Israel in October last year,they are really great people toward Southern Sudanese due to our struggle with Arab as they themselves fighting same Arabs in all corners. they see Southern Sudan as their backbone against Arabs in Africa.
      Israel u much welcome here.

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  • 11 January 2012 08:31, by kuac Agol

    Welcome Mr. Koren to Republic of South Sudan and don,t make yourself spying as some other Countries rejected you to served in their country as Ambassador.

    otherwise ,your coming to South Sudan is a diplomatic development between South Sudan and Isreal.

    you should not be rejected if you re doing the works of South Sudan and ur country.

    A spy to Arab countries is most welcome to S.sudan

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    • 11 January 2012 08:34, by Daniel Buolmawei

      You guys need to understand those countries who refused him are Arab states. So do not buy into hateful propaganda Arab machine against the Jewish people.

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      • 11 January 2012 09:54, by Logic

        Brother Daniel

        Turkmenistan is not an Arab country and you must avoid sounding like those racist northerners who generalize when insulting African Sudanese. Not all Arabs are bad.

        The main concern should be why is this guy non resident, its another insult as the time when President Kiir was received by a deputy minister. You need to read between the lines a bit more.

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        • 11 January 2012 10:11, by Daniel Buolmawei

          Logic, reading between the lines sometimes lead you to read out of the lines. The best thing is to identify where it wants you to read between the lines. At the moment, we have no problem with the Jewish state that wants us to read between the lines. Turkmenistan is not an Arab country, but it is a Muslim country. And if you read between the lines, you should know why Sudan is classified Arab?----

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          • 11 January 2012 10:20, by Logic

            Sudan is classified Arab because it was highjacked since independence by an elite group who wanted to reflect Sudan’s identity based on their desired identity, doesn’t mean Sudan has really ever been rightfully designated.

            Israel is ruled by an oppressive government, non Jews don’t enjoy full citizenship in Israel because of the imposed Jewish identity.

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            • 11 January 2012 10:30, by Daniel Buolmawei

              That’s not correct Logic. I did research about democracy and freedom in Israel. I found Israel political structures and institutions more democratic than in any country in the world. However, anything good about Israel is burried, noone wants to let them appear as anything rather than evil. In Israel, law number 1 is survival. So they do anything to survive not to impose Jewish identity.

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          • 11 January 2012 10:20, by Daniel Buolmawei

            The welcome of our President Kiir by deputy and non-resident status of the ambassador are saying nothing even though you read between the lines. Israel relationships with African countries is in tact. For example Uganda.

            However, I do receive your advice of generality with respect. Yes, I did stray a little bit of generalizing Arabs. There are good Arabs for sure. I apologize.

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            • 11 January 2012 10:29, by Logic


              I would have to disagree with you, the reception of President Kiir by a junior minister is not only insulting but it indicates the importance of the visiting dignitary in this case a president of a sovereign nation. He should have been met by the president or PM of Israel. Failing which indicates, what S. Sudan means to Israel.

              That’s what I mean by reading between the lines.

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          • 11 January 2012 10:24, by Logic

            Like you, I deplore everything the NCP and their predecessors have done to Sudan. They mixed religion with politics and imposed a single identity on the land.

            That’s exactly what Israel has done, you don’t have to be Arab or Muslim to understand this or how the so called Jewish state came into existence.

            Propaganda is one thing but fact is another!

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            • 11 January 2012 10:43, by Daniel Buolmawei

              Yes, I do understand you logic. Israel was founded with the help of zionists, but make sure zionists are marginalized in Israle like Muslim Brotherhoods in Egypt. They have no sounding power at the moment.

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            • 11 January 2012 12:20, by Philosopherking

              Mr. Logic,
              In every 100 people, there are only 20 who really understand the world. In South Sudan, only 1 in every 100 do. You are one of those who do understand. Thanks for standing for the truth. ’Non-residential status’ is not only insulting to South Sudan but a clear demonstration of how shallow its commitment is.

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              • 11 January 2012 20:56, by Logic


                If were trying to praise me? then you have just offended an entire nation based on your shallow thinking. S. Sudanese are the same as the rest of humanity and your assumption that only 1% of them are intelligent is indication of your childish mentality.

                So keep your praise and learn to respect those who are different to you. Do NOT generalize.

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                • 12 January 2012 05:33, by Philosopherking

                  Mr. Logic,
                  I prefer the truth to political correctness. I wish there was a better way to put it. In which country in the world do citizens look no further than cattle rustling and killing their neighbors for the purpose of acquiring cattle to pay for a wife? Aren’t you ashamed with the statistics? Out of the Ten States in South Sudan, how many are in peace? Even in Juba alone, people’re killed dai

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                  • 12 January 2012 08:58, by Logic


                    Again you’ve proved me right, have you ever been to Juba? Statistics can be presented in way which can support conflicting opinions. In much more advanced nations than S.S I could use stats to disprove your assertion but its a waste of time. Cattle raiding is a sad situation but it can no way vindicate your assumption that only 1% of S. Sudanese are intelligent.

                    Stop your racism.

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                    • 13 January 2012 03:24, by Philosopherking

                      Well, if you look closely, you will notice that I did not say South Sudanese are not intelligent! All I said is that, not many understand the world; this does not necessarily mean they are unintelligent. Stop pushing words in my mouth! I even have no idea where you got your racism stuff from.

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        • 11 January 2012 20:20, by omoni jr.

          you are very right, some people don’t understand the concept of the article.why the Ambassador should be NON-resident???? He is automatically spy, is Not ambassador.
          Their interest is to track Hamas activities in North sudan.
          So our relationship to israel got nothing to do with development.To be sincere,israel is racist nation in the world,just like khartoumers do to other non arabs.

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  • 11 January 2012 08:31, by Daniel Buolmawei

    Welcome home ambassador Haim Koren. This is your home because our relationship with the Jewish state is true and pure based on Christian-Judaic ideals.

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  • 11 January 2012 08:50, by Sudan virus

    Welcome Israel!

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    • 11 January 2012 10:00, by Logic

      Israel is 100% not interested in developing in S. Sudan, they’re more interested in their geo-political-strategic security. Although establishing a relationship with Israel is a good idea but don’t ever get fooled into thinking that Israel is a friend.

      Gaddafi did more for the liberation struggle than Israel ever did, if you had family members in the SPLA during the 90’s ask them about Israel.

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      • 11 January 2012 10:55, by Daniel Buolmawei

        Logic, you are overcautious and emotional. We all know that nations’ relationship based on their points of interests. Israel’s relationship with South Sudan could not be based on everything but on one specific thing such as its regional security. That’s enough to make Israel build relationship with South Sudan. Other nations will be interested to help you with development, etc.

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        • 11 January 2012 11:40, by Logic

          Brother Daniel

          Am far from emotional regarding global politics, its true that most relations are based on mutual interest but my comment was directed at those who misunderstand Israel’s relation with S. Sudan.

          Without sounding self glorifying, my work is mostly based on research and trust me democracy is misunderstood, zionists have a serious influence on world affairs, not just Israel.

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  • 11 January 2012 08:53, by Dinkawarrior

    Welcome Home!!!

    You’re highly welcome to Second Jerusalem!! God’s children don’t hate each other!

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  • 11 January 2012 09:27, by Longa

    Haim Koren, we welcomed you with our both hands ot South Sudan.

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    • 11 January 2012 12:23, by Philosopherking

      How do you welcome someone who is not interested in comming into your house!

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      • 11 January 2012 12:56, by Daniel Buolmawei

        Mr/Mrs. Philosopherking, you are one of anti-semitic guys that can not be trusted. I am very closed to our political leadership, and I know why Israel’s embassy has to be "non-residential." Israel’s residential embassy in south sudan may attract terrorists at the moment in a state that’s not yet capable of handling such terrorist activities. So they want to maintain their relationship with south—

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        • 11 January 2012 13:02, by Daniel Buolmawei

          sudan without being residential there until the time they will feel secure and decide to be residential. You just have big mouth but you don’t have the ability to protect their embassy if they accept residential there. You people of big mouth will never understand the concerns of others.

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        • 12 January 2012 05:43, by Philosopherking

          If what U said is true, then why would our government do things that put their citizens in danger? All Israel wants from SS is for Goss to be a watchman for Israel and to allow Israel to dump non-Jewish refugees especially black africans to South Sudan. Beyond that, expect nothing! As a reward South Sudan will get a share of Israel’s enemies! Where is the logic!

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  • 11 January 2012 09:55, by Letigolight

    I urge the RoSS through office of the president and foreign affairs ministry in collaboration with the Bishops of ECS and the Catholic Churches to plan the reception of the Israel ambassador to their best; remember his arrival is the finishing line for cementing Israel-South Sudan relations, do it very well!!!

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    • 11 January 2012 12:26, by Philosopherking

      The Don’t give an %$%# about black people and no they don’t give a &*^% about Christians neither.

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      • 11 January 2012 14:35, by Maror Ariech

        Dears : Israel were friend to South Sudan since the beginning of Anyanya 1 struggling but friendship was cut by Joseph Lagu when he sign 1972 peace deal with the north, they were provided amovement with equipments, by than they mistrust southerners for the sake of few who are easily convinced and leave the motto when he himself is comfortable.

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        • 13 January 2012 21:22, by Stephen kuach

          That’s right Israel had been our supporter since Anyanya-1,until 03-03-1972 when peace treaty was signed in Addis Ababa that lasted for only ten years,but during SPLA movement also,Israel were still our supporter to this present day,Ambassador Koren you’re welcome to our New Republic of South Sudan.

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  • 11 January 2012 16:10, by Tambura

    We should not have somebody who will not live with us here in Juba as ambassador as they said, we don t want somebody will bring us problems instead of building good relationship between two friendly countries. Arabs are Jarab even the Israelis one. We hate Arabs don t bring us any Arab. We should not except any refugee from any country just our children.

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  • 11 January 2012 16:37, by James Maker Akok

    LOL, you welcome Israel to Republic of South Sudan, you are our brother and sister, and we are your brother and sister.

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  • 11 January 2012 16:59, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

    Thank you Isreal for being with us.
    A man is known of his deeds and determinations.
    Full cooperation? Thumb up!

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  • 11 January 2012 18:15, by lick my ass

    i do not get why our brothers from the extreme southern part of South Sudan are always skeptical about anything which can benefit the new nation in the long run. i mean the former collaborators during the 21 year civil war

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    • 13 January 2012 11:23, by Philosopherking

      What benefits? Can U list them? Collaborators....was it to keep an arab nation at war or to give peace to S. Sudan? Until you prove me wrong, it is the former that is their main motivation and not the latter. Now they want to use us as gate keepers against trafficking from IRAN and to help them suffocate the Palestinians by blocking Aid, humanitarian Aid or not! So what is in it for us?

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  • 11 January 2012 21:37, by Martin Muong

    Welcome home Mr ambassador Haim. We really appreciated the decision made by your government to have diplomatic ties with South Sudan. Our aim is to secure our territory through military ties.

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