Dubai: It’s been about a month when the new UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has assumed his office and to everyone’s utter surprise he has reportedly offered a post of deputy secretary-general to former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni.

Livni, who now heads the Hatnua Party and is number-two on the Zionist Union faction in the Knesset, was asked to join the world body by Guterres himself in a phone call over the weekend.Her appointment would have to be approved by the UN Security Council.

The Israeli politician has been implicated in war crimes during her tenure as foreign minister during the War on Gaza in 2008-2009.Last year she was summoned for questioning by British authorities when she arrived in London to attend a Haaretz conference.