Israeli consulate to move to new L.A. location

The Israeli flag that flew for three years in front of the office of the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles was taken down on Sept. 8.

According to the Israeli Consulate, the office is preparing to move to a new location in early 2012. The contract with the landlord that allowed the consulate to fly the Israeli, American and California flags in front of its current home, a multistory office building on Wilshire Boulevard, had been renewed twice before. It was allowed to expire this year. 

The building, at 6380 Wilshire Blvd., is listed on the Web site of Jamison Services Inc., a Los Angeles-based real estate investment and management firm.

In 2008, with help from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the Israeli Consulate won permission from the building’s landlord to fly an Israeli flag in front of the building. Then-Consul General Jacob Dayan organized a blowout event to celebrate the achievement.

The Israeli Consulate, which has just welcomed a new consul general, David Siegel, to Los Angeles is planning to move to a building in West Los Angeles that houses a number of other consular offices. The consulate would not say whether an Israeli flag would be installed outside the new location.