674656June 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.

674656June 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.

674656June 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.

674656June 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.”

674656Cisco'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.

674656June 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.”

674656June 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.

European Union - Delegation of the European Commission to the State of Israel

האיחוד האירופי- משלחת הנציבות האירופית למדינת ישראל

الاتحاد الأوروبي- بعثة المفوضية الأوروبية إلى دولة إسرائيل

887678June 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

674656June 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) begins in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

israeli_booth2The 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.

Henry Kissinger, Tony Blair, Russell Simmons, Google's Eric Schmidt, Cisco's John Chambers and Other Leaders in Industry, Government, Education, Science and Entertainment to Discuss Major Issues Facing Our World

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.

France is deeply concerned about the violence which has occurred in recent days in Gaza and Southen israel.

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”.

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.

Excerpt from article by Ilan Fluss, Director, MASHAV Policy Planning and External Relations Department

Published in Shalom Magazine for Alumni of MASHAV Training Courses - Jerusalem 2011Mashav. (MFA)

November 14, 2011. Quartet envoys and Quartet Representative Blair met separately today in Jerusalem with representatives of the parties to follow up on the 23 September 2011 statement and its 26 October 2011 meetings. 
Tony Blair

The Israel Embassy in Ankara has conveyed the offer to the Turkish authorities.

(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.
Statement of President Shimon Peres on the Return of Gilad Shalit

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.

"You created the foundation of the agreement"

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.

El Greco: St. John the Evangelist, 1597-1604
October 5, 2011 – January 15, 2012.

Celebrating twenty-five years of diplomatic and cultural relations between Spain and Israel, the Museum presents a special loan from the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, El Greco's St. John the Evangelist (1597–1604).

El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) painted the apostle as he was usually portrayed, young and somewhat effeminate, keeping the green and red-rose colors traditionally associated with him, as well as his attribute – a chalice containing venomous liquid taking the shape of a dragon.

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 Israel Museum , in Jerusalem and the Embassy of Spain in Israel organized un special evening on the occasion of the display of the visiting masterpiece of EL GRECO , St John the Evangelist 1597-1604, on loan from the Prado Museum of Madrid in celebration of twenty -five years of diplomatic relations between Spain and Israel in the presence of Mr Yitzhak Navon fifth President of the state of Israel and H.E. Alvaro Iranzo Gutierrez , ambassador of Spain in Israel, greetings by professor Fania Oz- Salzberger.


The two countries decided to establish diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level as of today.


The Government of the State of Israel and the Government of the Republic of South Sudan,

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


About Facing Tomorrow 2011

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.

(Published in UPI.com on 23.2.2011) 


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."

Via UPI.com- http://www.upi.com/ 

Delegation members will participate in five central panels, and will also host a special event in cooperation with the International Organization of Migration (IOM)

UN Commission on Status of Women. (elgonpm.com)

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.


Display's of traditional Kazakhi dress


A large contingent of foreign dignitaries, Israeli MK's and representatives of the Foreign Ministry attended the lavish gala which was accompanied by traditional Kazakhi styles and cultural elements.  Amongst the notable guests, Minister of Industry, Labor and Trade, Binyamin (Fuoad) Ben Eliezer and MK Yossi Peled gave encouraging speeches honoring the Central Asian Nation.

H.E. Galym Orazbakov, Kazakhstan's ambassador to Tel Aviv gave a moving speech as he discussed the natural bond between his country and Israel. Mr. Orazbakov spoke of the warm and fortified diplomatic relations between the State of Israel and Kazakhstan as he explained that "since 1992, the relations have become more understanding and stronger."  

Israel was one of the very first countries to recognize the independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 1991, and since then, the two countries have always maintained a solid and amicable friendship.

Kazakhi-Israeli relations have been categorized across many sectors: political, scientific, humanitarian, military-technical and economic.  Trade and economic relations between the countries has increased heavily over the past few years.  

Ambassador OrazbakovThe Ambassador described how trade started as virtually nothing but has reached, '250 million US dollars in 2008, as more than 250 Israeli companies are now doing business in Kazakhstan,' - more than double in comparison with the previous year.

Kazakhstan and Israel successfully sustain relations beyond the business and economic sphere as well.

Mr. Orazbakov highlighted and made his admirations known with regards to the current special exhibition at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, which ends on the 24th of December.  He noted pridefully that the exhibition contains works of Kazakh artist, Erbolat Tolepbay.

Later on into the evening, Mr. Ben Eliezer spoke about his visit to Kazakhstan and his meetings with government officials and heads of the business sector.

"Those meetings have created the foundations for continued joint work between our two countries and help in achieving closer and better economic ties."

He concluded his speech by wishing Kazakhstan a happy independence day.

Minister Ben Eliezer at the podium

The eventful evening also featured traditional, delicious Kazakhi food, music and women beautifully dressed in typical and exotic Kazakhi attire.  

Clearly, those in attendance were inspired by the rich cultural traditions on display as well as being encouraged by the direction of Israeli-Kazakhi relations headed into 2011.

For more information on Kazakhstan's diplomatic mission to Tel Aviv, click here


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.MK Michael Eitan and Romanian Ambassador Edward Iosiper



The night had even more added meaning for Mr. Iosiper this year as he and MK Michael Eitan, the Israeli Minister of Improvement of Government Services, lit a 'menorah' in honor of the first night of Hannukah - the Jewish, 8-day festival of lights.  Ambassador Iosiper, who himself is Jewish, lead those in attendance by signing the prayers recited on the festival's first night.

In his opening speech, the Romanian Ambassador addressed the unbreakable ties between his country and Israel, making special note of the fact that Romania was the only Soviet country NOT to break off relations with Israel after the Six Day War in 1967; rather, Israel and Romania have maintained diplomatic ties for 62 years and have recently pledged to expand areas of international cooperation that are vital to both nations' interests.

Unfortunately however, the demonstration of those strong ties could not be highlighted without the recognition and remembrance of the seven air force members - one Romanian and six Israelis - who lost their lives when their helicopter crashed during a joint-military training exercise while navigating through the mountainous terrains in central Romania.  It was an ironic moment as the tragedy was recalled in sadness; yet at the same time, marking the strong bonds between the two countries.

Trade between Israel and Romania reached roughly 270 million dollars in 2010 and is expected to increase.  Romania is also looking to get record numbers of Israeli tourists in 2011 in the wake of the Gaza flotilla incident with Israelis increasingly searching for new destinations as they are far more reluctant in traveling to Turkey.

2011 will also see numerous state visits between the two nations.  Israeli Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor, Binyamin (Fuoad) Ben Eliezer, is expected to visit Romania in the coming months while there will be key meetings held between representatives of each's foreign ministry throughout the year.



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.

A telling moment in the evening came as MK Eitan recounted his visit with Romanian President, Traian Băsescu, to Yad Vashem (Israel's Holocaust Museum) in May 2009.

"The Romanian President told me that growing up, it was never taught in schools that Romania collaborated with the Nazis during World War II.  Only after seeing the photos of Romanian train cars did he truly recognize the misdeeds and injustices of previous Romanian governments in not recognizing these tragedies," explained Eitan.

Eitan, speaking in English, congratulated the Romanian diplomatic mission to Tel Aviv and all of its citizens on celebrating its 92nd National Day.  


The evening was capped by guests enjoying traditional Romanian food and sufganiot (jelly doughnuts) in celebration of Hanukkah.

For more information on Romania and its diplomatic presences in Tel Aviv, click here


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.


Ilana Kapitolonik, 'Managing Director' - Israel Gateway


Starting on Monday and culminating Tuesday evening, the annual foreign trade expose (the 8th to date) brought large numbers of business executives, entrepreneurs, diplomats and Israeli government officials together for the country's most notable and comprehensive networking event having to do with foreign trade and international economic cooperation.

Israeli Minisiter of Industry, Trade and Labor, Binyamin (Fouad) Ben-Elizier highlighted the importance of the event in his opening speech as he stressed the need for Embassies, Commercial Attaches and foreign business delegations to take a closer look at how Israeli companies can assist in the overall economic growth and stability abroad.  

"Today, more than ever, Israel is a preferred choice among leading global players, equipped with a market economy that may be characterized as resilient, globally-oriented and technologically advanced.

Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor - Binyamin Ben-Eliezer

Mr. Ben Eliezer was spot on when he said that the Israel Gateway 2010 forum was the best place to create a more welcoming and approachable environment for conducting future trade endeavors.  

Meanwhile, Ilana Kapitolnik, Managing Director of Israel Gateway, thanked the wealth of participating organizations and diplomatic missions stating that the event itself would only further increased collaboration within the international community while also contributing to the individual success made possible by such ventures.

The Embassies of Hungary, India, Mexico, Poland, Romania and Russia held the largest delegations in terms their diplomatic presence at the event while organizations like the Manufacturers' Association of Israel and companies such as Mashov Group illustrated the success they have achieved facilitating global business coordination and partnerships within the international arena as they lead Israel respectively into 2011.

Other notable speakers included Dr. Golan Benita of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Paula Alayo of the International Finance Corporation and Dr. Uzi Landau, Israel's Minister of National Infrastructure.  

Dr. Landau made special note of Israel's expertise across the agricultural sector.

 "Treatment of water, water management, ingenious irrigation systems and desalination are all areas of Israeli excellence and pride of the Zionist experience." 

He further declared that the government [Israel] had full intentions of increasing the amount of desalinated water available to the population.

As Tuesday came to end, it was easy to see both the satisfaction and approval amongst those in attendance.

Diplomacy's Daniel Schwarz and DRC Counsellor Mwakumbi


By the final hours of the event, it was clear that yet again, Israel Gateway has established itself as the prime resource for facilitating the necessary tools in building and furthering Israel's international business aspirations.

As was such, the praise given to Kapitolonik and her husband, Oded (President of Israel Gateway) by the event's speakers was well earned.  

Heading into 2011, Israel itself looks poised to further prosper financially while even contributing a greater deal to global market's economic needs and developments.



With every news agency across the world commenting on the WikiLeaks phenomena, diplomacy.co.il could not let the opportunity to offer its own perspectives slip by.  Mind you, our main objective is to facilitate more effective communication amongst the diplomatic and business community; however, as we are a site dedicated to the diplomatic world - in Israel and abroad - there is no way we could not give our own commentary on what is definitely the biggest security and diplomatic fiasco over the last century.

In a nutshell, what do these documents portray:  cunning and astute bargaining amongst diplomats and heads of states; assessments of terror and nuclear threats; surprising statements by world leaders; quirky wry humor amongst security officials?  

Besides giving a more profound look into the Iranian regime's internal conflict and its nuclear development, nothing we did not already know was released.

Skimming through newspapers worldwide, anyone can - on a daily basis - find lengthy articles regarding the wishes of Arab leaders to see the complete destruction of Iran's nuclear program, even if a military strike is the sole way in achieving this goal.  Already back in June, reports were published regarding comments by the U.A.E Ambassador to the United States in which he advocated a US strike on Iranian nuclear facilities.

"I am willing to absorb what takes place at the expense of the security of the U.A.E," he said, referring to the possible destruction and consequences posed by a military strike (for the full audio-interview conducted by the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, click here).  

When an ambassador expresses such issues as related to security and defense, it can only be assumed that those statements are nothing short of the official stance taken by his or her government - be it a monarchy or a thriving democracy. 

Are people really surprised that the United States is responsible for the armament of Yemeni forces in their fight against rebel groups providing refuge to thousands of al-Qaeda and Islamist operatives while vying for control of Yemen?

Are the different Israeli assessments regarding an effective timeline for a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities something new to us?  Isn't there something in the press every five minutes about this?

Is anyone shocked that the US and Pakistan are feuding over that country's internal policies as applies to the War in Afghanistan as well as Pakistan's fragile and unprotected nuclear arsenal?  What WOULD BE shocking is if the WikiLeaks reports were to reveal a trusting, mutually beneficial relationship between the two!(Peter Brookes: The Times)

For understanding the complicated trickery and deceit inherent in Middle East politics, one does not have to jump on leaked information regarding the US State Departments inner workings within the region.  Simply living here is enough to make anyone realize that shifting alliances are nothing more than a way to shape foreign policy on a day to day basis.  

The alliances of today will most likely be gone tomorrow.  

Besides making for a great novel turned Hollywood feature, the release of the WikiLeaks documents only expands on reports that have been circulating for years.  

Embarrassing? Yes.  Enough to restructure the world political divide?  Not a bit. 

For more in depth coverage of the WikiLeaks saga, visit http://www.haaretz.com or http://www.nytimes.com 

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