Governor General David Johnston on Nov. 25, 2013, formally received Ambassador Rafael (Rafi) Barak, the new Israeli representative to Canada.
“On behalf of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, we extend our warmest welcome to Ambassador Barak and his wife Miriam Barak. We truly value our relationship with the people and State of Israel and we are so proud that an individual of Ambassador Barak’s outstanding credentials and experience has been named to this position,” said Federation President and CEO Andrea Freedman who attended a reception yesterday in honor of Ambassador and Mrs. Barak.
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Barak immigrated to Israel in 1969 and joined the diplomatic corps in 1977. He served as a senior diplomat with the Israeli mission to Peru, and in 1987, he was named the media attaché at the Israeli Consulate to the European Community, which later became the European Union.
In 1991, Barak was appointed deputy ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, and between 1993 and 1996 he served as the government’s envoy to negotiations with the Palestinian Authority following the Oslo Accords. In 2000, he was named deputy ambassador to the United States and prior to his appointment as Foreign Ministry director-general he served as head of Israel’s Western Europe desk at the ministry and deputy ambassador to France.
Barak has a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Tel Aviv University and a master’s degree in international relations from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.