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Silva Mediterranea officials with KKL-JNF professionals at Sataf. Photo: Tania Susskind

"Although Israel is a small country, KKL-JNF has unprecedented experience in the field of afforestation in semi-arid and desert regions."
Key officials of the Silva Mediterranea Forum on Mediterranean Forestry (which is supported by FAO) arrive in Israel for a five day visit, to learn about KKL-JNF's method of afforestation in arid and semi-arid regions. The delegation is visiting KKL-JNF forests all over the country, including the Carmel Forest in the north, Ambassador's Forest in the south, and the Sataf Springs site near Jerusalem.
On Monday, September 30, a delegation of three key officials of the Silva Mediterranea Forum on Mediterranean Forestry and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) arrived in Israel as guests of KKL-JNF for an intensive five-day visit. The delegation included the president of FAO-Silva Mediterranea, Mr. Ismail Belen, who is also the Deputy Director General of the General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion in the Turkish Ministry of Forest and Water Issues; Christophe Besacier, Forestry Officer of the Forest Resources Management Team of the FAO Forestry Department; andTakayuki Hagiwara, FAO Senior Natural Resources Management Officer. During their stay, the guests will be visiting KKL-JNF forests in northern, southern and central Israel, including the Carmel Forest in the north and Ambassadors Forest in the south, accompanied by KKL-JNF professionals. The visit was organized by Karine Bolton of KKL-JNF's International Relations Department. 
According to KKL-JNF Chief ForesterDavid Brand, the visit signifies the beginning of a close and fruitful collaboration between KKL-JNF and Silva Mediterranea, for the benefit of both sides. "Although Israel is a small country," Mr. Brand said, "KKL-JNF has unprecedented experience in the field ofafforestation in semi-arid and desert regions. It is KKL-JNF policy to share our knowledge and expertise with other countries that have similar climates, and of course we have a lot to learn from them. I would add that initiatives like this are not just for KKL-JNF's benefit. We also serve as goodwill ambassadors and a bridge for the State of Israel, since cooperating on a scientific level exposes our colleagues to a positive side of Israel that is often overlooked amidst all the political turmoil."
The delegation's visit began with a dinner meeting on Monday evening in Jerusalem with KKL-JNF World Chairman, Mr. Efi Stenzler. The next morning, Tuesday, the guests were at the KKL-JNF World Headquarters in Jerusalem, where KKL-JNF Chief Forester Brand presented a comprehensive and enlightening description of KKL-JNF's afforestation work in Israel. He was followed by Christophe Besacier, who detailed the goals and mission of Silva Mediterranea. 
Mr Besacier noted that Silva Mediterraneawas created since Mediterranean forests share many common and unique features. As far back as 1911, countries in the region recognized the need to work together on shared forestry problems and to create Silva Mediterranea, which became an FAO statutory body in 1948. It remains the only international forum dedicated to Mediterranean forest issues in which the Mediterranean countries from the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission, the European Forestry Commission and the Near East Forestry Commission can meet, share experiences and establish cooperative programs. Twenty-six countries and the European Community are members of the committee, but non-member countries are frequently invited to the sessions as observers. 

Silva Mediterranea hosts working groups on diverse topics such as forest fires, forest products, Mediterranean forests and sustainable development, genetic diversity, climate change, desertification, arid zone forestry, and urban and peri-urban forestry. Mr. Besacier noted that KKL-JNF can contribute to many of these subjects, particularly in the fields ofdesertification, arid zone forestry and urban forestry. "I am certain that in spite of the political difficulties that might exist between Israel and some of the Mediterranean countries, Silva Mediterranea can provide a forum for shared research and exchange of knowledge between KKL-JNF and many of our members. I very much look forward to seeing what KKL-JNF has accomplished in Israel over such a short period of time," Mr. Bescacier concluded. 
Later the same day, the delegation traveled to KKL-JNF's Sataf Springs site in the Jerusalem Mountains to see how the theories they had heard about were implemented in the field. They were greeted by KKL-JNF forester Hanoch Tzoref, who said that Sataf is a good example of KKL-JNF's new approach to forest management policy, which is to define the purpose of each area of the forest. "It's not about managing individual trees, but about relating to an ecosystem. Here in Sataf, our main goal is actually recreation and conservation of heritage. People come here to learn about what agriculture and nature was like two thousand years ago and even during the time of King David." 

Mr. Besacier asked what the entrance fee to Sataf is. "KKL-JNF policy is that all its sites are open to the public free of charge," Hanoch surprised his guests. "We believe that nature should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial status. For me personally, this is a very important principle, and I very much hope that our financial circumstances will allow us to continue with this policy," Hanoch said. 
For Takayuki Hagiwara, this is his first visit to Israel. "I am based in Rome, and I travel at least six months every year to many different regions, including Latin America, the Caribbean and East Asia. I work for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, which supports Silva Mediterranea. When I heard that a delegation to Israel was being organized, I asked to join. I am very interested to see what Israel is doing in terms of water conversation policies, natural resource management and of course your country's forestry methods. Looking at our schedule, it seems we'll be quite busy." 

"It's true that Israel is a very small country," said Ismail Belen, "but I know that we have a lot to learn from you, because I visited here in 2008. Of course the scale is different, for example, in Turkey, we plant 500,000,000 seedlings a year. However, KKL-JNF has a worldwide reputation as a pioneer in desert forestry, and that is one of the main reasons I organized the delegation. Many Mediterranean countries have similar climatic conditions, and your achievements here are important both in terms of combating desertification and also carbon sequestration at a time of climate change. I look forward to cooperating with you in the future," Mr. Belen concluded.

The EU Delegation in Israel and the Municipality of Tel-Aviv-Yafo presented:  Performance Europa!
Urban celebration of live performances and interactive installations
Tel Aviv’s White Night ,Rothschild 1 Plaza, 29 June 

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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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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)

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

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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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The EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Economy and Industry Eli Cohen, on 17 May to discuss Israel's
successful participation in Horizon 2020, European Union's research and innovation funding programme.

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