British-born Sufott was wounded in battle during Israel's War of Independence, and joined the Foreign Ministry in 1950.
By Mordechai I. Twersky
Hareetz | Apr. 21, 2014
Zev Sufott, a British-born diplomat who served as Israel’s first
ambassador to China, died April 18 in Tel Aviv following a battle with
cancer. He was 86.
was a pioneer,” said Reuven Merhav, who, as Israel’s former director
general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, recruited Sufott for his
first China post as a “Special Advisor” in 1991.
Israel established full diplomatic relations with China in 1992, Sufett
was appointed Ambassador. “Forty years after first learning Chinese he
saw this as the closing of an historic circle,” said Merhav, who served
as Israel’s consul general in Hong Kong.