On the morning of Tuesday 3 December 2013, His Excellency Ambassador Shmuel Ben-Shmuel visited Government House and presented Her Excellency The Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, with Letters of Credence from President Shimon Peres accrediting him as Ambassador of Israel to Australia.
The presentation and acceptance of credentials is the final formal step in the appointment of the career diplomat as Ambassador of Israel to Australia and Head of Mission in Canberra. Ambassador Ben-Shmuel arrived in Australia on the 16th of October and replaces Ambassador Yuval Rotem, who served in Canberra from 2007-2013.
The ceremony was attended dignitaries from Government House, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Embassy of Israel.
His Excellency Ben-Shmuel said "Relations between Australia and Israel are moving from strength to strength. I look forward to building upon a strong and impressive base to something even greater".
Ambassador Ben-Shmuel is expected to present his credentials as Non-Resident Ambassador to the Heads of State of Fiji and Papua New Guinea shortly.