Why is Israel’s ambassador to Canada quitting his job?

Ronen Hoffman arrived in Ottawa to be Israel’s new ambassador to Canada in November 2021, full of big plans. But after just a year in office, Hoffman took to Twitter on Saturday night (Jan. 21) to announce he has handed in his resignation.

Was he pushed? Or did he time his announcement as a salvo to Canada’s Jewish community and to Israel to beware of the hard-right members of Netanyahu’s coalition and what they want Israel to look like?

On today’s The CJN Daily, Ellin digs into Hoffman’s very public gesture, with guests Vivian Bercovici, a former Canadian ambassador to Israel, and Joe Roberts, the new chair of JSpaceCanada.

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