David Peleg, Israeli historian and diplomat

by | Dec 6, 2013 | Obituaries

JERUSALEM ( JTA)—David Peleg, an Israeli historian and a longtime diplomat who served as director of the World Jewish Restitution Organization, has died.

Peleg, Israel’s former ambassador to Poland, died Nov. 27 in Israel following a long illness. He was 72.

The Jerusalem native, whose family was from Poland, served as an Israeli envoy starting in 1965, finishing his career in Warsaw from 2004 to 2009. Previous stops included Zambia, Atlanta, London, Washington, New York and Geneva.

He was appointed director-general of the World Jewish Restitution Organization after leaving the Israeli Foreign Ministry in 2009. (JTA)