June 21, 2012 – Jerusalem, Israel – Ambassador Daniel Shek led a panel of experts including German Ambassador to Israel, Andreas Michaelis, Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator of the Financial Times, Martin Wolf, and Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Ambassador Lamberto Zannier, in analyzing the ramifications of the current Eurozone economic crisis and its long-term effect on the European Union and global economy.
June 21, 2012 – JERUSALEM, Israel – Israeli President Shimon Peres headlined the opening panel of Facing Tomorrow’s final day, a session that analyzed the collective ability to improve decision-making by learning from past mistakes. The President was joined by Dr. David Agus, Director of the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine at the University of Southern California, and Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics Daniel Kahneman. The panel also included Harvard Professors James Sebenius and Michael Sandel.
June 20, 2012 – JERUSALEM, Israel – Harvard Professor Niall Ferguson, President of the Council of Foreign Relations, Richard Haass, and Financial Times Reporter Martin Wolf headlined a panel led by Governor of the Bank of Israel Stanley Fischer.The panel, which focused on the future of the global economy was highlighted by a general sense of pessimism, with several members noting that tough times lay ahead, particularly for Europe.
June 20, 2012 – Jerusalem, Israel – Peter Beinart, the former editor of The New Republic, and Abe Foxman, Director of the Anti-Defamation League, headlined a panel at the 2012 Israeli Presidential Conference that discussed the evolving relationship between Israel and World Jewry. They were joined by Pierre Besnainou, Chair of the Israel Diaspora Paradigm Committee, Alana Newhouse, Editor-in-Chief of Tablet Magazine, and Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of The New Republic.
June 20, 2012 – Jerusalem, Israel – Kevin Steinberg, COO and Corporate Secretary of the World Economic Forum, led a panel of experts including James Turley, Chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young, and Pat Gelsinger, President and COO of the EMC Corporation, in which they highlighted challenges today’s business leaders face and offered ideas for modern managers to deal with the these global challenges.
“Social, mobile, cloud, and big data technology forces are driving radical change and we are seeing much more emphasis on global teams who are driven by vision and motivation,” said Gelsinger. “These changes are causing managers to think differently, to set a clear vision that motivates the global team and to know how to do it based on the environment and culture they are in.”
Cisco's Chambers: "Think Like Your Children"
June 20, 2012 – Jerusalem, Israel – Cisco Chairman John Chambers, Publicis Chairman Maurice Levy, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, and Stephane Richard, Chairman and CEO of France Telecom Group, discussed how new media technology is shaping society, education, politics, economics and entertainment in a panel entitled, ‘What's New in New Media,” during the Israeli Presidential Conference.
The panelists discussed the power of new media, and how global citizens, not companies, are responsible for taking technology to new heights.
June 20, 2012 – Jerusalem, Israel – Jacob Frankel, Chairman of JP Morgan Chase International led a panel of economic experts including former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, President of the Global Markets Institute and Senior Investment Strategist at Goldman Sachs, Abby Joseph-Cohen, Chairman of Bank Hapoalim, Yair Seroussi and Dr. Jacques Attali in analyzing the current state of the world economy.
“We are facing a huge challenge worldwide with enormous potential for growth,” said Attali. “Even with the 2008 financial crisis, the world is growing faster now than in any other period of time in history. However, in Europe specifically, we need to move from techno-federalism to a political federalism model like in the U.S., this will avoid collapse of the Euro.”
June 20, 2012 – Jerusalem, Israel –Former Mossad Chief Meir Dagan, Dennis Ross, former Senior Advisor to Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and Sherif El-Diwany, the World Economic Forum's leading advisor on Arab Affairs, headlined a panel on the Arab Spring and its significance for Israel at the 2012 Israeli Presidential Conference. The panel also featured leading journalists Mustafa Akyol from Turkey, and Salameh Nematt from Jordan.
האיחוד האירופי- משלחת הנציבות האירופית למדינת ישראל
الاتحاد الأوروبي- بعثة المفوضية الأوروبية إلى دولة إسرائيل
June 20, 2012
6th EU-Israel Seminar on Combating Anti-Semitism, Racism and Xenophobia was held in Jerusalem
The sixth seminar on the fight against Anti-Semitism, Racism and Xenophobia was held in Jerusalem on 18-19 June, bringing together officials, diplomats and experts from both Israel and the European Union.
The seminar, held annually, reflects the importance attributed by both the EU and Israel to the fight against anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia.
Quartet Head Tony Blair Outlines Key Elements for Future of Middle East
June 19, 2012 – Jerusalem, Israel – In an emotional ceremony, Israeli President Shimon Peres awarded fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger with Israel’s first Presidential Award of Distinction, for Kissinger’s lifetime of contribution to the Jewish State. The ceremony took place as part of the evening session which closed the opening day of Facing Tomorrow 2012.
Joining Peres and Kissinger in offering his perspective on The Compass that Navigates the Future, as the session was entitled, was former British prime minister, and current Quartet envoy Tony Blair. Also in attendance were the President of Albania, the President of Croatia and the President of the Ivory Coast, as well as Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman and many other dignitaries.
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) opened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, against a background of distressing data published by the UN, according to which the demand for food in the world is to double by 2030, and the demand for energy is to skyrocket by 45%, which would severely strain resources. World leaders and Heads of State will be preparing a document at the conference to establish guidelines for sustainable development of the planet and its resources in the future. The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, who opened the conference this week, called upon all the nations of the world to commit to reaching an accord on the pressing issues.
JERUSALEM, Israel – June 18, 2012 – An All-Star list of speakers, including former United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Cisco Systems Chairman John Chambers and Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, headlines Facing Tomorrow 2012, the fourth annual Conference under the auspices of the President of the State of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, which is scheduled to begin Tuesday, June 19.
It strongly condemns the firing of rockets on israeli territory and the terrorist attack killing an Israeli citizen.
It is of the utmost importance that all parties show restraint and avoid escalation.
They must return to a state of calmness and a renewal of dialogue should be given first priority.
As The President of the State of Israel I came here first and foremost to say on behalf of my people:
Thank you President Obama, for being such a good friend.
Thank you AIPAC, for your dedication and excellence.
It is great to be here.
To be together. Strong and united.
I see old friends and new ones. I see many young faces. The future belongs to you. Israel loves you.
I am moved by your generous tribute.
Published in Shalom Magazine for Alumni of MASHAV Training Courses - Jerusalem 2011
(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman instructed the Israel Foreign Ministry to convey a message to the Turkish authorities, offering humanitarian assistance following the earthquake which struck Turkey today.
The Israel Embassy in Ankara has conveyed the offer to the Turkish authorities.
Gilad, Welcome home.
In a few minutes you will descend the stairs and enter your home.
We accompany you with excitement. With tears in our eyes. With a proud heart.
We saw you pale but standing tall. We stood tall with you.
You returned to us. And we returned to ourselves.
The children of Israel and the soldiers of the IDF are tasting the taste of freedom with you. The taste of our homeland.
Your parents worked day and night with love, with determination and respect for your return.
Your were isolated in captivity.
President Shimon Peres met this morning with the German mediator who was instrumental in facilitating the agreement to free Gilad Shalit. He was joined by senior members of Germany's security establishment and government. The President used the opportunity to thank German Chancellor Angela Merkel for Germany's invaluable assistance in bringing Shalit home.
The style of the painting is in the spirit the Counter Reformation's ideal of presenting the saints as real-life men and women, and recalls the Apostolados, a pictorial ensemble of thirteen canvases that El Greco created for the Toledo Cathedral in the early 17th century. This special exhibit is curated by Shlomit Steinberg, Hans Dichand Curator of European Art.
The two countries decided to establish diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level as of today.
Guided by the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1963,
Desirous to promote and strengthen ties of friendship and cooperation between their countries and peoples, on the basis of equality, mutual respect and non interference in the internal affairs of one another,
Have decided to establish diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level as of today.
The practical aspects of this decision, including the accreditation of Ambassadors, will be pursued through diplomatic channels.
June 21, 2011 – Jerusalem, Israel – Led by internationally acclaimed recording artist Shakira, Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales and comedienne Sarah Silverman, the speakers in the first plenary session of the Israeli Presidential Conference presented their own prescriptions for bringing about "a better tomorrow." The panel also included Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP, and Professor Dan Ariely of Duke University.
"The best decisions we can make for a better tomorrow are those about educating and caring for our children," said Shakira, who is visiting Israel for the first time at the invitation of President Shimon Peres. "Israel is the perfect place to discuss education and our future because it is the melting pot, the location where all nations and religions were born. We are all inheritors of Abrahamic culture, therefore we are all Israel."
Through her Barefoot Foundation, a U.S. non-profit, non-governmental organization, which is devoted to ensuring that every child can exercise his or her basic right to a quality education, Shakira is one of the world's leading advocates for securing a proper education for children all over the world.
Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales, who is participating in the conference for a second time, highlighted the importance of giving the young generation a voice; educating them and ensuring that freedom prevails. "It is essential that we harness technology for that purpose, so that we can spread it through the internet and through the culture to ensure that real change is made. Social and technical innovations must always work together to ensure a better future."
In her remarks, Sarah Silverman, the American comedienne, writer, actress, singer and musician, noted that the differences between Israelis and Palestinians is not as great as thought to be. "My recipe for a better tomorrow would be to raise an entire generation without hate," she said. "The solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a simple 'buddy movie formula.' If you have these two hostile entities, find a common goal, and work together to fulfill it, in the end they will realize that they have much in common."
Facing Tomorrow 2011, the third annual Conference under the auspices of the President of the State of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, is taking place in Jerusalem from June 21-23. Attended by more than 4,000 people from around the world, including numerous VIPs, the Conference focuses on the vital issues, initiatives and decisions that must be implemented today in order to guarantee a better tomorrow for the world, the Jewish people, and the State of Israel
Facing Tomorrow 2011, the third annual Conference under the auspices of the President of the State of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, will take place in Jerusalem, June 21-23, 2011. The Israeli Presidential Conference took place for the first time in May 2008, one week following the 60-year anniversary of the State of Israel. Attended by more than 4,000 people from around the world, and dedicated to designing a better tomorrow, the 2011 Conference will focus on the vital issues, initiatives and decisions that must be implemented today in order to guarantee a better tomorrow for the world, the Jewish people, and the State of Israel.
Senior White House adviser Dan Shapiro is expected to be nominated as the next U.S. ambassador to Israel, people knowledgeable of the situation said.
A formal announcement is expected soon, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.
Shapiro is the National Security Council's senior director for the Middle East and North Africa. He regularly went to Israel and worked with U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell to try to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.
Jewish and Palestinian officials in the United States said Shapiro would be a good choice, the Post said.
"Dan's a great guy, a perfect choice," said Steve Rabinowitz, who worked with Shapiro in the Clinton White House. "He cares deeply about (the issues), sees all sides, and really, I just don't know a person in Washington or the region who doesn't like him."
Ziad Asali, president of the American Task Force on Palestine, also welcomed news of the potential nomination.
"Dan will make an excellent ambassador," Asali said, stressing that his comments were unofficial since no official announcement has been made. "He has a grasp of the complexity of the game and knowledge of all the main players, and is committed to a peaceful resolution to the conflict."
Delegation members will participate in five central panels, and will also host a special event in cooperation with the International Organization of Migration (IOM)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is sending a delegation to the fifty-fifth session of the United Nations’ Commission on Status of Women (CSW), which will take place between February 22 and March 4 at UN headquarters in New York. This year the commission will focus on the inclusion of women in education and science, and increasing their access to the workplace.
Members of the Israeli delegation include: Adv. Tziona Koenig-Yair, Commissioner of Equal Opportunities in the Workplace of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron, President of the Open University, Prof. Miriam Erez, Head of the Faculty of Engineering and Industry at the Technion and chairperson of the National Commission for the Advancement of Women in Science and Technology, Ms. Mazal Renford, manager of the Carmel Center, the Golda Meir International Training Center, Ms. Ilana Ravid, supervisor of the status of women at the MFA and Ms. Marina Rosenberg, of the MFA’s Division for International Organizations. In addition, delegates from Israeli women’s organizations (WIZO, the Council of Women’s Organizations) will attend.
The delegation members will participate in five central panels, and will also host a special event in cooperation with the International Organization of Migration (IOM) on the topic “Can education and training create a dignified workplace.”
During the session, the new UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, headed by the former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet, will be launched.
The MFA has been active during the past few years at the UN and around the world in increasing Israel’s involvement in the empowerment of women. This is Israel’s second year of membership in UN’s Commission on Status of Women and is active in UNWOMEN as well. Israel has significantly increased its annual donation to the sum of $ 250,000.
The official Israeli speech will be made this year by Adv. Tziona Koenig-Yair. She will emphasize Israel’s commitment to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women as a basic right, as an effective tool in the struggle against poverty, hunger and disease, and in encouraging sustainable development.
In addition, Ms. Koenig-Yair will note that during the past decade public awareness as well as efforts to promote women in Israel have grown considerably. Several committees have been established to centralize the issue of gender equality and to position the discussion on the promotion of women at the top of the national agenda.
The Commission for Equal Opportunities in the Workplace was established in 2008. Since then, it has handled some 1300 applications, 787 of which were from women; The commission has filed 17 claims of discrimination in the Labor Court, 11 of which were on behalf of women, and has published 14 legal opinions, 8 of which were in regard to discrimination against women. In addition, the commission holds intensive training seminars with employers on the implementation of equal opportunities and prevention of discrimination.
Direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians still are, as they have always been, the only way to solve the conflict between the two sides.
(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)
Direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians still are, as they have always been, the only way to solve the conflict between the two sides.
It's a short way between Ramallah and Jerusalem, and all the Palestinians should do is to return to the negotiating table without preconditions. Only thus, and not through seizing the Security Council, will it be possible to advance the peace process so as to benefit both parties and to serve the cause of peace and security throughout the region.
Even as the Middle East is undergoing changes that carry historical meaning for the future of the whole region, it is indeed peculiar that the Security Council should choose to consider one single aspect out of the full range of core issues of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, while ignoring the wider scope of events in our region.
Israel appreciates the American position, which contributes to the resumption of the diplomatic process, and regrets that the other Security Council members have refrained from making the same contribution.
The Embassy of Kazakhstan in Tel Aviv celebrated and rejoiced in commemorating the 19th anniversary of its nation's independence in what could only be defined as the finest and classiest Kazakhi style.
Photos Silvia Golan
Romanian Ambassador to Israel, H.E. Edward Iosiper welcomed a large contingent of guests at his home in Herzilya as Romania celebrated its National Day - a day centered around the 1918 reunification of 'Greater Romania' in which Transylvania was reincorporated into the country's complete territorial control.
Ambassador Iosiper expressed his desire to see both Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu make official visits to Romania in the coming year.
The evening was capped by guests enjoying traditional Romanian food and sufganiot (jelly doughnuts) in celebration of Hanukkah.
Hundreds of people associated with the Israeli business and diplomatic community gathered Monday and Tuesday at the Dan Panorama in Tel Aviv for The Globus Gate Group's Israel Gateway Foreign Trade Exhibition.
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