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Israelis You Should Know: Reda Mansour

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Name: Reda Mansour

Age: 50

Known for: Mansour is a Druze Israeli poet and historian, and he is Israel's current ambassador to Brazil.

About him: Reda Mansour was born in the Druze village of Isfiya, located in northern Israel, in 1965. He went to school in Haifa, where he was involved with many youth organizations that focused on developing a cross-cultural understanding of the world. When he was just 35 years old, he was appointed Israel's ambassador to Ecuador, becoming the youngest ambassador in Israel's history.

Mansour also held the position of Consul General of Israel to the Southeastern United States, and was honored for his efforts to promote business and cultural ties between the U.S. and Israel. Since August 2014, he has served as Israel's ambassador to Brazil.

In addition to his diplomatic work, Mansour is known for his poetry. He is the first non-Jewish poet in Israel to write exclusively in Hebrew. Many of his poems are about nature and its effect on history and people, and today, they have been translated into English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Fun fact: Reda Mansour speaks five languages.

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