Just a year ago, I was on a blogging trip in Israel with an amazing bunch of folks–Craig Newmark, Robert Scoble, Sarah Lacy, Cathy Brooks, JD Lasica, Renee Blodgett, Jeff Saperstein, Brad Redderson (I hope I am not leaving anyone out). Our handler on this travelling geeks roadshop was the amazing Ish Khaldi, the first Bedouin diplomat in Israel.
Not only is Ish an amazingly disciplined and passionate person with the drive of a Navy Seal, he’s a good hearted guy who soaked up all our talk about blogging, social network, twitter, tech and so on.
Now, he’s leaving the area, because he’s been appointed as Middle East advisor for israeli
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. If you’re in the diplomatic service, that’s a great excuse to leave town!
Best of luck, Ish. I bet you are the only Middle Eastern Policy Advisor who has in-depth, hands on knowledge of social networking tools.