Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued the following statement on US President Barack Obama's nomination of US Senator (D-Massachusetts) John Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State
The annual strategic dialogue between Israel and Italy was held yesterday (March 21st ) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem.
The strategic dialogue is an additional expression of the close and friendly network of relations between the two countries.
In the discussions, a wide variety of regional issues which are at the center of today's strategic agenda were dealt with, as were various bilateral topics.
By Jonathan Danilowitz
Veteran American media personality Christiane Amanpour of ABC TV taped an interesting interview with His Excellency Sameh Shoukry,
Egypt’s Ambassador to the USA.
She led him along politely with mild “who-is-in-charge” and “where-is-Mubarak” type queries, gradually leading to questions about how the new Egypt will relate to the presently-strong ties with the USA, and more importantly to us: would Egypt continue to uphold the 30-something-years peace agreement with Israel? Amanpour obviously expected this issue to be the crowning concern of the interview.
The Ambassador wasn’t rattled. He demonstrated his diplomatic mettle. He spoke of the importance to Egypt of continuing firm and friendly US-Egyptian relations (despite Egypt’s horrendous human rights record, it is a major beneficiary of US largesse), and went on to talk of how the close relationship benefits Egypt, including its stability and prosperity.
On the subject Israel-Egyptian relations, the Ambassador was adamant that these would not change. He went so far as to say that “[ … Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel] is a main element of Egyptian foreign policy”, and that it had benefitted both countries.
In my daydreams, Israel and the Palestinians have signed a peace accord. The Middle East blooms. Prosperity comes to the region. Peace at last. Then I wake up to discover that Mahmoud Abbas is no longer President of the Palestinian National Authority.
(For argument’s sake, let’s imagine there was a revolution, and that he was deposed – sound familiar?)
Shall I expect that the next day Christiane Amanpour will be interviewing some other high-up Palestinian and asking worriedly if the Palestine-Israel peace accord is in danger of collapse?
Is the question also relevant to Israel-Jordan relations?
Why should Israel’s peace accords with Arab states be so fragile and shaky, so seemingly subject to revoke if leadership there changes? It is an issue that Israel’s leaders must consider before rushing to sign away rights and achievements, before signing on the dotted line of documents that are hardly worth – a hill of hummus beans.
© Copyright Jonathan Danilowitz 2011
Israel regrets that a resolution on an important subject - elimination of racism - has been diverted and politicized by the automatic majority at the UN.
(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)
The UN General Assembly has adopted on December 24th a resolution on "Combating racism and follow-up of the Durban Programme of Action".
Israel is part of the international struggle against racism. The Jewish people was itself a victim of racism throughout history.
Israel regrets that a resolution on an important subject - elimination of racism - has been diverted and politicized by the automatic majority at the UN, by linking it to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (2001) that many states would prefer to forget. The Durban Conference of 2001, with its antisemitic undertones and displays of hatred for Israel and the Jewish World, left us with scars that will not heal quickly.
In the coming months, Israel will follow closely the preparations for the upcoming September 2001 meeting. Israel expects the participants to deal appropriately with the serious manifestations of racism throughout the world, and to reject attempts to once again divert world attention from this dangerous phenomenon by means of cheap politicization.
Under the present circumstances, as long as the meeting is defined as part of the infamous "Durban process", Israel will not participate in the meeting scheduled to take place in UN Headquarters in New York in September 2011.
I do not intend to argue that Israel is a perfect, democratic state free of any crticism nor am I going to justify all the political actions that the Israeli government pursue, I merely want to highlight and underline what Israel definitely isn't - an apartheid state.
Israeli President Shimon Peres and British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, held important talks on Wednesday discussing everything from the Middle East Peace process to the issues surrounding the possible arrests of senior Israeli officials upon their arrival in the United Kingdom
Jerusalem - President Shimon Peres of Israel and the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, William Hague, held a critical meeting Wednesday that encompassed a formal meeting with the press as well as a lengthy private discussion between the two .. The two focused the meeting upon the strengthening of bilateral relations, advancing the peace process with the Palestinians and overall regional stability within the Middle East.
A joint statement by the two addressed the Iranian nuclear issue as applied to the global terror scale: "The Iranians are not only on a path to developing nuclear weapons, but are also maintaining themselves as the center of global terrorism."
The statement continued: "It is always possible to find some connection between Iran and the things that happen in Lebanon, Yemen and other countries. Iranian aggressiveness, strong financial means and an overall disrespec for the law all contribute to regional instability." The two concluded that the world must come together to counter these threats and instabilities.
"The problem of Gaza is not Israel, but Hamas, " he concluded.
The British Secretary of State furthered added that developments across the region must be addressed while discussing the peace process.
During the meeting, Peres also raised the the issue regarding the threats of arrests and/or extradition of senior Israeli officials upon their arrival to Britain. The President made it clear that Israel will not live with these attempts to carry out arrests on UK territory.
Hague, in his response said that the issue is itself that of a general nature and is not directly related to Israel. He added that possible legislation was being discussed in the coming weeks with the goal of negating the issue completely.
[Images provided by Amos Ben Gershom]
"We are ready for a fair solution and we are ready to cooperate with the international community. However, we are not ready to compromise our national security or the vital interests of the State of Israel."
Speech at the UN General Assembly
Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, ladies and gentlemen: when I arrived yesterday in New York, I received a phone call from a chairman of one of the Jewish organizations who asked me how I am coping with all the pressure which is being placed on Israel; surely, he said, it must be very difficult. I recalled an old joke which speaks of five Jews who changed the way we see the world: Moses, law is everything; Jesus, love is everything; Marx, money is everything; Freud, sex is everything; Einstein, everything is relative.
FM Liberman: The agreement is the result of close and fruitful cooperation as well as an expression of the good and stable relationship between the two countries.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko today (Wednesday, 21 July 2010) signed a reciprocal visa cancellation agreement between the two countries.
At the signing ceremony, FM Liberman stated that the agreement is the result of close and fruitful cooperation as well as an expression of the good and stable relationship between the two countries. FM Liberman added that it is no secret that the visa cancellation issue caused an argument in the government, but the positive results of the visa nullification agreement with Russia, which doubled the number of Russian tourists to Israel, and the good relationship with the Ukraine were the reasons behind the successful conclusion.
FM Gryshchenko said that this is an important agreement and a great step forward in the promotion of bilateral cooperation in many other spheres as well.
(Communicated by the MFA Spokesman's Bureau)
Following the fuel tanker explosion in the city of Sange in the Demoratic Republic of Congo on July 2, in which more than 250 people were killed and almost 200 injured, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is sending aid to the disaster area through Israel's National Agency for International Cooperation (MASHAV). A delegation of six doctors from Sheba Medical Center, together with medical equipment, flew to the Democratic Republic of Congo to treat the seriously injured.
The doctors, all specialists in plastic surgery and burns, arrived this morning (12 July) and will be treating people with serious burn injuries in the towns of Sange and Uvira, located in eastern Congo, near the border with Burundi.