Zalman Shoval, Israel's former ambassador to the United States, announced, Monday, that he is running for a spot on the Likud list in the January Knesset elections. Shoval is running at the request of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, for whom Shoval has been an emissary to the United States and Europe in recent years.
Shoval explained, "We face years which will be critical for the future of the state. First, of course, is the Iranian nuclear issue, the rise of Islam in Europe and our relations with the United States. I see a need for my involvement today more than ever." If elected, it would be his third term in the Knesset. Shoval served between 1970 and 1990, with a break between 1981 and 1988.