IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Major General Yair Golan was in Brussels for the official opening of the Israeli office at NATO headquarters after the two sides agreed to share a closer working relationship. Roni Leshno Yaar, who submitted his credentials to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, is the first Israeli representative to NATO since the Jewish state was accepted as a partner (not a member) to the organization.
In a joint meeting between the ambassador, Maj. Gen. Golan, and NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller, the Deputy Secretary said, “here in NATO, we understand that Israel shares our values, and is an active and beneficial partner for Mediterranean dialogue.”
Source: Itamar Eichner,
Israel opens first ever NATO office, Ynet, (January 19, 2017).