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Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Italian State Forestry Corps (Corpo forestale dello Stato) and KKL-JNF Foundation in Italy



To promote environmental culture, ecological preservation, and sustainable development with the patronage of the Embassy of Israel in Italy


Rome, Today, April 13th 2016, at the General Inspectorate of the State Forestry Corps, KKL- JNF (Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael - Jewish National Fund) Italy Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Forestry Corps, in order to promote new forms of cooperation and agreement in the field of management and enhancement of natural protected areas, protection of environmental resources and for the implementation of international conventions.

The MOU also promotes new cooperation teams for scientific and technical activities and for territorial planning, research projects for biodiversity protection and management of forestry resources including; training programs, education and event planning courses that deal with environmental fields.


The Memorandum signed today – said Raffaele Sassun, President of KKL Foundation in Italy – "is a handshake between friends who are committed in developing new ways to protect our planet. We do not close the door on anything, from the simplest issue to the one that is almost impossible to solve, from educational projects to complex field operations."

The Memorandum envisages an area designated to the Corpo forestale on Mount Carmel, the symbol for both Jewish and Christian Religion, a green lung of Israel, which was recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve and which has suffered a terrible fire in 2010, but currently in rebirth.


Cesare PatroneHead of the Corpo Forestale dello Stato said: "The Corpo Forestale dello Stato and I are deeply proud about the initiative to dedicate a specific area, on Mount Carmel, to the Italian Forestry Corps, creating either a monument or an artwork as a testimony of the cooperation between the KKL Foundation and us", A reproduction of the monument will be placed in a protected area in Italy, symbolizing issues of environment and brotherhood among people.

The KKL invests heavily in Research - said Meir Spiegler, Director General of KKL Israel - not only for Israel but also for the rest of the world... The signing of this protocol represents the common commitment of the cooperation between the two nations.”



HE Naor Gilon, Ambassador of Israel in Italy, said: "[To feel] the friendship that exists between the two countries is the most important thing, because it best expresses how relationships are living a moment of intense and fruitful exchange. In the past there have been other examples of cooperation between Italy and Israel through KKL, {like the Forest of the Fallen of Nassiriya or the Forest in memory of Antonio Manganelli, the creation of Rabin Park in Rome and the help and support of the Italian Government for the restoration of Mount Carmel after the fire.}”

The agreement features pilot projects in natural areas that are protected and have a notable environmental value, through mutual hospitality meetings to ultimately spread peace, communication, solidarity and wealth among the nations.

The ceremony was also attended by Nazario Palmeiri, Senior Executive of the Corpo forestale dello Stato, Francesco Marinello, President of the 13th Senate Permanent Committee (land, environment, environmental goods), Barbara Degani, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry for the Environment and the and Sea protection, Antonio Ricciardi, Deputy Commander of the Arma dei Carabinieri.


The Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael Foundation is the oldest environmental organization in the world. KKL- JNF's operations include: creating open spaces, forests and recreation areas, water, forestry and environment, education, community development and security, tourism and recreation, and research and development – all in appreciation for our natural and cultural heritage.
The Corpo forestale dello Stato – established in Italy in 1822 – is a police force qualified for environmental, natural and landscape heritage protection, for the prevention and repression of crimes in environmental and agricultural protection in the Mediterranean area.

1  Photo Caption: (Left to right):Meir Spiegler - General Director KKL Israel, Raffaele Sassun – president KKL Italy, Cesare Patrone – General Director Corpo forestale, Nazario Palmieri – head of staff Corpo Forestale,

Photo Credit: Courtesy of KKL-JNF


2 Photo Caption: Signature of MOU between Italian Forestry Corps and KKL-JNF Italy

Photo Credit: Courtesy of KKL-JNF











Parents of Three Kidnapped Israeli Teens Join Former President Peres, Jewish Agency Chairman Sharansky in Saluting Partnership2Gether


Peres: “It takes a person of great dignity to experience such tremendous pain and produce such deep and abiding hope – you are proof that such people exist. All of Israel shares your pain.”


Sharansky: “The future of the Jewish people depends on the sense of shared responsibility between all Jews around the world.”



JAFFA, ISRAEL – Ninth President of Israel Shimon Peres and Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky today (Thursday, April 7) joined hundreds of Jewish leaders from around the world in celebrating the twentieth birthday of The Jewish Agency’s Partnership2Gether (P2G) program at the Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa. Also in attendance were the families of the three Israeli teens kidnapped and murdered in the summer of 2014—Eyal Yifrah, Gil-ad Shaer, and Naftali Frankel—who declared the P2G Global School Twinning Network the recipient of the 2016 Jerusalem Unity Prize, created in their sons’ memory.

Speaking to the parents, former President Peres said: “It takes a person of great dignity to experience such tremendous pain and produce such deep and abiding hope – you are proof that such people exist. All of Israel shares your pain.”Turning to the hundreds of Jewish leaders and activists in attendance, he said: “I wish to thank you, the representatives of world Jewry, for your uncompromising work strengthening the connection between Diaspora Jewry and the State of Israel. This is not easy work and it is full of difficulties, but you do it without giving up. Everyone was against the State of Israel but we succeeded despite the odds. We have become a creative, innovative nation. We are the only country in the Middle East that has no brother and no friend – not in language, not in religion, and not in culture. We have been attacked many times and they have done everything possible to destroy us, but despite it all, they have not destroyed our morality or the righteousness of our path.”

Chairman Sharansky said: “The future of the Jewish people depends on the sense of shared responsibility between all Jews around the world. The solidarity and connection between all parts of the Jewish people are key, and our future will be built on a foundation of morality and on the basis of Aliyah.”



Partnership2Gether (P2G) is a network of hundreds of communities in Israel and around the world, which are paired with one another and maintain long-term relationships aimed at strengthening the residents of both and the bonds between them. Founded in 1996 by The Jewish AgencyThe Jewish Federations of North America, and Keren Hayesod-UIA, P2G today connects some 450 communities in Israel and around the world through 46 established partnerships. 10,000 volunteers work to build meaningful connections between the communities by addressing residents’ core needs, engaging in exchange programs, and fostering a common Jewish identity.


The P2G Global School Twinning Network connects tens of thousands of students at more than 650 schools in Israel and around the world, who participate in joint educational activities and interact with one another online, while faculty members engage in joint training. The goal of the initiative is to bring about a positive cultural shift in Israel-Diaspora relations by developing a sense of unity and Jewish family amongst Jewish children, teachers, and parents around the world. Additionally, the program seeks to reinvigorate young people’s connections to Jewish life, to the Jewish people, and to Israel, and to create a common Jewish educational conversation.


PHOTO: Former President Peres and Jewish Agency Chairman Sharansky celebrate Partnership2Gether’s 20th birthday at the Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa, Israel, April 7, 2015.


Photo credit: David Shechter for The Jewish Agency for Israel.








Ambassador Shapiro to Lead Delegation of Israeli Companies to SelectUSA Investment Summit


Summit represents unique opportunity for Israeli businesses to expand into the U.S. market


TEL AVIV – U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro will again lead a delegation of Israeli companies to the third annual SelectUSA Investment Summit, to be held in Washington DC, June 19-21, 2016.


The theme of this year’s Summit is “The Innovation Advantage,” and will give companies the opportunity to enrich their knowledge, learning the basics of investment and promotion in the United States.


“I am excited to be part of the 2016 SelectUSA Summit,” said Ambassador Shapiro. “The Summit represents an outstanding opportunity for Israeli companies looking to establish or expand their presence in the United States. They will find investment opportunities in all 50 states at their fingertips.”


This year’s Summit follows the unprecedented success of last year’s conference, which brought together thousands of participants from 70 countries.


“The Summit gave us the perfect opportunity to engage with representatives from U.S. economic development organizations and government leaders, and gave us invaluable information in determining our investment strategy,” said Itay Tayas Zamir, CEO and Co-Founder of Woosh, an innovative Israeli smart water station service company. Woosh attended last year’s Summit and has recently launched its eco-friendly water stations in Dayton, Ohio, and signed an agreement to deploy a city-wide network of water stations with the city of Miami Beach last month.


During the conference participants will have direct access to business and economic development bodies and representatives from across the United States.


“Mutual investment by Israeli and American companies does so much for both of our economies,” said Ofra Strauss, Chairperson of Strauss Group, who attended and spoke at last year’s conference. “This Summit plays a huge part in bringing the right people together so that everyone succeeds.”


To see Ambassador Shapiro’s invitation from last year: http://bit.ly/1UvSdqz


For more information about the Summit: http://www.selectusasummit.us


Companies that want to participate and journalists who wish to cover the conference can register here: http://www.selectusasummit.us/apply


For questions and further inquiries, please contact SelectUSA’s representative in Israel, Sigal Mendelovich: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


About SelectUSA

Housed within the U.S. Department of Commerce, SelectUSA promotes and facilitates business investment into the United States by coordinating related federal government agencies to serve as a single point of contact for investors. SelectUSA assists U.S. economic development organizations to compete globally for investment by providing information, a platform for international marketing, and high-level advocacy. SelectUSA also helps investors find the information they need to make decisions; connect to the right people at the local level; navigate the federal regulatory system; and find solutions to issues related to the federal government. For more information,


visit www.selectusa.gov.







Israel hosts a bilateral Israel-United Stated Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Workshop in Haifa


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel hosted a successful two-day PSI workshop April 5-6, 2016, in Haifa, Israel.  The workshop, in cooperation with the U.S. State Department, was attended by officials from multiple ministries and agencies from both sides, and featured a facilitated, interdiction scenario-based table top exercise (TTX) on courses of action for inspecting, identifying, and seizing shipments of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) proliferation concern pursuant to U.S. and Israeli commitments to the PSI Statement of Interdiction Principles. 


The scenarios focused on relevant proliferation threats from nuclear, ballistic missiles, and terror elements. The tabletop exercise included a maritime component executed by Israeli and U.S. navy ships.

The workshop was a very productive way to strengthen our respective governments’ national capacities and to improve our bilateral cooperation to deal with WMD-related interdictions.


Launched in Krakow, Poland in 2003, the current 105 PSI-endorsing states have committed to undertake measures, on a voluntary basis and consistent with their national authorities and resources and international legal frameworks, to interdict transfers of WMD- and missile-related items to and from state and non-state actors of proliferation concern, to exchange relevant information, and to strengthen legal authorities to conduct interdictions.  PSI endorsers regularly conduct exercises, workshops, and other activities to improve their capacities to fulfill their PSI commitments. 







Israel - South Africa Foreign Ministry Directors General Joint Statement


The discussions focused on the relations between the two countries and the sides agreed on improving cooperation on national priority issues such as water, agriculture, trade and science and technology


The Director General of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, Ambassador Jerry Matjila, and the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Ambassador Dore Gold, met today (Thursday, March 10, 2016) in Pretoria for bilateral discussions.


The discussions focused on the relations between the two countries and the sides agreed on improving cooperation between the two countries. The Directors General agreed that officials from South Africa and Israel will work together on national priority issues such as water, agriculture, trade and science and technology. The sides also discussed the situation in the Middle East. The sides emphasized the importance of trade delegations in both directions.


The discussions were held in a positive atmosphere and a shared desire to deepen dialogue and friendly relations between South Africa and Israel.


Photo  :Israel MFA DG Dr. Dore Gold with his South African counterpart Amb Jerry Matjila

Copyright: MFA