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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

"I welcome the nomination of John Kerry to the post of US Secretary of State. Kerry has considerable experience and is a known supporter of the security of the State of Israel. John Kerry and I have been friends for many years. I very much appreciated the fact that six months ago, after my father passed away, he came to visit me during the week of mourning. I look forward to working together with him."

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The annual strategic dialogue between Israel and Italy was held yesterday (March 21st ) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem.


The dialogue was headed by the Secretary General of Italy's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Giampiero Massolo, and the Director General of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Rafael Barak.

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.

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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
 
 
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Israel regrets that a resolution on an important subject - elimination of racism - has been diverted and politicized by the automatic majority at the UN.


Signs outside Durban programme of action

(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.

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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

 

 

The British Foreign Secretary, William Hague and Israeli President Shimon Peres

 

 

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 Israeli President continued by stressing the need for all nations of the world to make sure that the wrong technological and scientifc information does not fall into the wrong hands as this would only make things more uncontrolable.



Using the Gaza Strip as an example, Peres noted the difficulties democratic nations face in dealing with the threats eminating from those that have gone against respecting the need for democracy.  "From time to time, nations respecting the law meet others that do not and this is a major problem," Peres commented.  "I know there are strong criticisms of Israel; however, many of those criticisms not only de-legitimize Israel, rather they serve to legitimize terror. This is the same story that applies to Gaza and Hamas."

 

"The problem of Gaza is not Israel, but Hamas, " he concluded.

At the outset of the meeting, Mr. Hague explained to Mr. Peres that, "Britain is closely following the developments in Iran and its attempts to get nuclear weapons, as well as constantly monitoring developments in Sudan, Yemen and Lebanon. There are many issues which we must be very active as members of the UN Security Council in order to avoid future conflict." 

 

The British Secretary of State furthered added that developments across the region must be addressed while discussing the peace process.

 

 

The conversations

 

 

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]

 

 

 

 

 

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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.
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister's Bureau)

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.

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Over 60 leading women from across the world joined together last month for a panel discussion showcasing Israeli females in the lead.
Organized by The Israel Project (TIP) and the Embassy of Cyprus in Israel, the event served as a platform to discuss and understand the challenges and opportunities facing women in Israeli society in the modern age.
Among the panelists were popular journalist Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes. Former IDF commander Miri Eisin and Israeli Olympic athlete Maayan Davidovich.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, today (Thursday, 15 June 2017), in Thessaloniki, at the third trilateral summit, signed joint statements for the continued strengthening of relations.

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A senior delegation from Tanzania, headed by Dr. Aloyce Nzuki, Permanent Secretary Ministry for Natural Resources and Tourism, arrived in Israel for a series of meetings and events designed to increase cooperation with the Israeli tourist industry, and encourage Israeli tourism and investments to enchanted, exotic Tanzania.

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At a festive ceremony attended by Minister of Education Naftali Bennett, the Lauder Dormitory Building was inaugurated today at the Technion
state of the art building was donated to the Technion by World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder and his wife Jo Carole

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09 June 2017 – Jerusalem) The U.S. Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations Nikki Haley visited Yad Vashem today. The Ambassador was guided through the Holocaust History Museum by Dr. Robert Rozett, Director of Yad Vashem Libraries, participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visited the Children's Memorial and signed the Yad Vashem Guest Book.

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On Wednesday evening, June 7th, the Embassy of Slovenia in Tel Aviv celebrated 26 years of independence, and 25 years of bilateral relations with Israel. The commemoration was held at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation in Jaffa. The event was timed to coincide with visits by both the Minister of Education, Science and Sport Dr. Maja Makovec Brencic, and a high-level parliamentary delegation led by National Assembly President Dr. Milan Brglez.

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President Reuven Rivlin today (Wednesday) met at his residence in Jerusalem with United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki R. Haley.

President Rivlin welcomed her and said, “You are a dear friend of Israel. We appreciate your strong stand on the world’s most important stage, in support of the security of the people and the State of Israel. With your support we see the beginning of a new era. Israel is no longer alone at the UN. Israel is no longer the UN’s punching bag.”

He continued, “When I spoke at the UN on Holocaust Memorial Day, I said that the UN must learn from the lessons of the past, and stand up against hatred and racism. I said it must end its obsession with targeting Israel. Progress has been made. Israel’s standing at the UN has improved. But sadly, we have a long way to go. Both in holding to account, public statements made by officials, and in supporting regulation to reduce the ridiculous number of discussions and resolutions against Israel. This is also true in the Human Rights Council - which has been hijacked as a weapon against Israel - and in UNESCO, where they seek to rub out the history of the Jewish people.”

The President thanked the Ambassador for her great contribution to the State of Israel, and said, “Ambassador Haley, as the representative the US - Israel’s greatest and strongest ally - we appreciate very much your support of Israel, and all you do to stand up for the values of freedom and democracy which we share. Welcome to Israel, welcome to Jerusalem.”

Ambassador Haley thanked the President for his warm welcome and said, “Thank you Mr. President for taking the time to meet with us, it is an absolute thrill to be here in Israel, I so much appreciate the support we have received from the people of Israel. But I feel somewhat guilty because all I did at the United Nations was tell the truth. I have never taken kindly to bullies, and the UN has bullied Israel for a very long time, and we are not going to let that happen anymore. It is a new day for Israel in the United Nations. We just got back from Geneva, talking about the Human Rights Council and hopefully it will be a new day at the Human Rights Council when it comes to Israel.”

She concluded by saying she was greatly looking forward to her visit to Israel and said, “I am looking forward to taking in the history, the beauty, the tradition, and all that comes with the magic of Israel. Thank you very much for having me it is a pleasure to be here.”

Photo credit: Mark Neiman (GPO)

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Friday was a beautiful late spring day; the gardens were lovely, the weather was fine; the guests were elegantly attired; the refreshments were generous and delicious; all the makings of a happy celebration marking the National Day of Sweden. H.E. Carl Magnus Nesser, ambassador of Sweden to the State of Israel, hosted the event at the ambassadorial residence in Herzlia Pituach.

The event was attended by many Swedish nationals living in Israel; Swedish music, Swedish food, Swedish sponsors and a generous open bar – all the makings of a happy event.

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A fundamentally agricultural holiday, Shavuot commemorates the custom of bringing offerings to the Holy Temple from the first fruits of the harvest and the first animals born to the flocks.

Shavuot, the Holiday of Weeks, is one of the three pilgrimage holidays, along with Pesach and Sukkot. These are the holidays on which the whole Jewish people would come to Jerusalem​ in ancient times, when the Holy Temple was there, and would offer animal and grain sacrifices.

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Tel Aviv Eat presents three evenings of tastings and workshops featuring the region’s leading restaurants and most prominent chefs. Entrance is free (including the chefs’ demonstrations), and tasting portions range in price from NIS 20-35. Doors open each evening at 18.00. There are several performance stages, live music, and stands selling beer.

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"Only when we remember the families who were torn apart from everyone they loved, who suffered that terrible darkness and evil, who had endured the unbearable horror of the Holocaust, only then can we prevent this agony from ever repeating." President Donald J. Trump Add a comment

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The Charles Bronfman Auditorium at Habima Square is one of the centerpieces of the Israeli arts and cultural scene, home to the Israel Philharmonic for the last 60 years. On Friday, May 19th, it was home to yet another historic event, with the dedication of the entrance hall to Miri Shitrit of blessed memory.

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President Reuven and First Lady Nechama Rivlin today, (Monday), welcomed President of the United States Donald J. Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump on arrival at Ben-Gurion International Airport, and then at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.

On his arrival at the President’s Residence, President Trump signed the official guest book and wrote, “It is such a great honor to be in Israel and be with all of my great friends”.

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  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, today (Monday, 22 May 2017), at Ben-Gurion International Airport, welcomed US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania with an honor guard.

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President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday , at a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, received the diplomatic credentials of the new Ambassadors to Israel from Thailand and Spain. Each ceremony began with the raising of the flag and the playing of the national anthem of the visiting country, and - after the presentation of the credentials - the signing of the guest book, before the playing of Israel's national anthem 'Hatikva'.

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