In the wake of Operation Pillar of Defense and the media coverage of events in the south, Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein has ordered the opening of a special Ministry operations center.

 The activity of the center, which is being established in coordination with the National Information Directorate, the Foreign Ministry and the IDF Spokesperson's Office, will focus on coordinating public diplomacy efforts by enlisting a reservoir of 25,000 activists who have been trained by the Ministry for public diplomacy and to transmit messages in Israel and around the world.

 The center will, inter alia, turn to Diaspora communities and Jewish organizations around the world in order to both assist them and benefit from their assistance vis-à-vis public diplomacy activity in their languages and local environments. The Ministry thus intends to encourage and initiate a public diplomacy campaign in dozens of countries and over the internet complete with messages, photographs, video clips and additional materials in various languages.

"We are here with the active air defense personnel operating the ‘Iron Dome’ battery protecting Be’er Sheva and the region.

 First of all, we must thank them for their efforts in operating the battery; these are outstanding achievements. There is no army and no country in the world with technology like the ‘Iron Dome’ system, which assures real-time protection for the citizens against rockets with the potential to cause mass civilian casualties.

 However, it is important to emphasize that the system does not provide 100 percent protection; there is no such thing as a perfect system, and the “Iron Dome” does not exempt civilians from their duty to act with self-discipline when following instructions from the Home Front Command.

 Our hearts - of course - go out to the families of those who were murdered in Kiryat Malachi today.  We will do our best to ensure that all of the citizens of the South are protected at all times; whether it be in the shelters or the stairwells, and that they closely follow all of the orders emanating from the Home Front Command."

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Speaking today, the Foreign Secretary William Hague said:  

 "I am gravely concerned by the situation in Gaza and southern Israel and deeply regret the loss of civilian life on both sides. I call on all those involved to avoid any action which risks civilian casualties or escalates the crisis.

 "Hamas bears principal responsibility for the current crisis. I utterly condemn rocket attacks from Gaza into southern Israel by Hamas and other armed groups. This creates an intolerable situation for Israeli civilians in southern Israel, who have the right to live without fear of attack from Gaza. The rocket attacks also risk worsening the plight of Palestinian civilians in Gaza, which is already precarious.

 "Hamas and other armed groups in Gaza should cease attacks against Israel immediately. I call on those in the region with influence over Hamas to use that influence to bring about an end to the attacks.

 "I also strongly urge Israel to do their utmost to reduce tension, avoid civilian casualties and increase the prospects for both sides to live in peace. It is imperative to avoid the risk of a spiral of violence. The escalation of the conflict would be in no one's interest, particularly at a time of instability in the region.

 "These events underline once again the fragility of the situation and the urgent need for progress toward a two state solution which allows Israelis and Palestinians to live alongside each other in peace and security. Britain will do all it can to support such progress and an urgent resumptions of negotiations."

 

 

On 12 November 2012, Dutch Architect Kamiel Klaasse was keynote speaker at Bezalel Academy’s ‘Ivory Tower Conference’ on architecture that took place on the 49th level of the Azrieli Towers in Tel Aviv. The goal of the conference was to generate a contextual discussion on high-rise building and density in a time of social and ecological crisis. As the Netherlands is a country with a growing lack of available land reserves that uses innovating architectural solutions to deal with its density, Dutch architect Kamiel Klaasse was invited to present some of his work as case-studies of such solutions.

Ambassador of the Netherlands to Israel, Mr. Caspar Veldkamp concluded the day with a speech: “I am very happy to see that the close cooperation between Israel and the Netherlands extends into the field of architecture. Both our countries are increasingly visible throughout the world with the work of our architects and designers. But it is also our trademark innovative solutions that make us stand out from the crowd. Kamiel Klaasse’s innovative architectural solutions and Bezalel’s commitment to redefining the architect’s field of knowledge and responsibilities in the constantly-changing global environment, prove this point yet again.”

STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON
Gaza Rocket Attacks
We strongly condemn the barrage of rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel, and we regret the death and injury of innocent Israeli and Palestinian civilians caused by the ensuing violence. There is no justification for the violence that Hamas and other terrorist organizations are employing against the people of Israel. We call on those responsible to stop these cowardly acts immediately. We support Israel’s right to defend itself, and we encourage Israel to continue to take every effort to avoid civilian casualties.
Hamas claims to have the best interests of the Palestinian people at heart, yet it continues to engage in violence that is counterproductive to the Palestinian cause. Attacking Israel on a near daily basis does nothing to help Palestinians in Gaza or to move the Palestinian people any closer to achieving self determination.
President Peres updated President Obama about the situation in southern Israel and the intolerable daily life of civilians under rocket fire

President Peres to President Obama:

"Jabari was a most extreme man and was responsible for all the attacks and assassinations from Gaza against Israel"


The President of the State of Israel, President Shimon Peres, spoke to the President of the United States of America, President Barack Obama this afternoon. At the start of the conversation President Peres updated President Obama about the situation on Israel's southern border and said, "The head of the military force of Hamas was killed half an hour ago. He was a most extreme man and was in charge of all the attacks and assassinations from Gaza against Israel. We shall handle it with great care. Our intension is not to raise the flames, but already for days, day and night, they are shooting rockets at Israel. Women cannot fall asleep. I was today there with the children. You know, there are limits. So I want you to know and I wanted to explain our motives."

Background: 
For the third time in a month, the civilians of southern Israel are under rocket attack from the Gaza Strip. 

The current attacks began on Saturday night (Nov.10) when an anti-tank missile was fired at an army jeep traveling on the Israeli side of the border fence. Four IDF soldiers were injured. Since then, over 120 rockets have been fired at Israeli civilians.

 The lives of 1million Israeli civilians are being threatened and daily life in southern Israel has been totally disrupted. 

The residents of communities near the Gaza border suffer constantly from rocket and mortar shell attacks. These attacks occur almost on a routine basis, as do escalations of other types of terrorist activities carried out by Hamas and the other terrorist organizations that operate under Hamas’ protection.

 The pauses between the waves of rocket attacks are shortening. In the past month, Israel has been subjected to three separate periods of escalation. Since the beginning of the year, more than 800 rockets and mortar shells have been fired at Israel, a record amount since the end of Operation Cast Lead (January 2009). This peak is similar to the attacks that occurred in 2007-8.

The head of the Israel National Cyber Bureau<http://www.pmo.gov.il/English/MediaCenter/Spokesman/Pages/spokecyber111112.aspx> (INCB), Dr. Eviatar Matania, announced, yesterday (Tuesday, 13 November 2012), at the 2nd International Homeland Security Conference<http://www.israelhls2012.com/>, announced the launch of Program KIDMA.
The project is the fruit of collaboration between the INCB and the Office of the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor<http://www.moital.gov.il/CmsTamat/Rsrc/MadaanEnglish/MadaanEnglish.html> aimed at advancing research and development, and initiatives in the field of cyber security in order to maintain and strengthen the competitive potential of Israeli industry in this field in the global market.
The project, which Chief Scientist Avi Hason detailed tomorrow, will be operated for an initial period of two years beginning in 2013, with an NIS 80 million budget.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today (Wednesday, 14 November 2012), made the following statement:

"Citizens of Israel,

I want to praise the IDF soldiers and commanders, led by Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz , who is commanding the operation as we speak. I want to note the Israel Security Agency, headed by Director Yoram Cohen, for their vital part in the operational accomplishments that we have already achieved. I thank the citizens of Israel for their unwavering support of this operation. I thank the residents of southern Israel who are at the front, and exhibit strength and restraint.

Hamas and the terror organizations decided to escalate their attacks on the citizens of Israel over the last few days. We will not accept a situation in which Israeli citizens are threatened by the terror of rockets. No country would accept this, Israel will not accept it.

Today, we hit Hamas strategic targets precisely. We have significantly debilitated their ability to launch rockets from Gaza to the center of Israel, and we are now working to disable their ability to launch rockets towards the south. The terrorist organizations – Hamas, Islamic Jihad and others – are deliberately harming our citizens, while intentionally hiding behind their citizens. On the other hand, we avoid harming civilians as much as possible and that is one fundamental difference between us. It also indicates the big difference between our objectives, and not only in our methods. They want to obliterate us from the face of the earth and they have no qualms about hurting civilians and innocents.

Today, we sent an unequivocal message to Hamas and the other terror organizations, and if need be the IDF is prepared to expand the operation. We will continue to do everything necessary to defend our citizens."


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Commenting on rocket attacks by Palestinian militant groups on Israel and Israeli air-strikes on Gaza, Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

“I am very concerned by the violence in Gaza and southern Israel, and the reported death of a number of civilians, including a child, in Gaza.  I condemn the indiscriminate firing of over 100 rockets into Israel by Gaza-based militants.  The UK supports the Egyptian Government in its efforts to achieve a ceasefire.  All sides need to demonstrate restraint to prevent a dangerous escalation that would be in no one’s interests.”

 

President Peres:
President Putin expressed understanding and sensitivity to Israel's security needs
I call upon President Putin and President Obama to join hands and work together for peace in the world

 President Putin:
We will never forget the Jewish victims of the Holocaust
We have a deep understanding of how to solve the problems facing us

"I am confident that the United States of American under your leadership will continue to operate for Israel's security"

The President of the State of Israel, President Shimon Peres, who is on a state visit to Moscow sent a special greeting to President Obama in which he congratulated President Obama on his election victory. The text of the letter is below and a signed copy is attached to this announcement:
 
Dear Mr. President, Dear Friend,
On Behalf of the people of Israel and in my name, I would like to express my heartfelt congratulations to you and to the American people on your being elected for a second term. It is a triumph for the American democracy.
 
Israel and America are bound together by the values and principles that they share, and the ties of friendship that link our two countries and peoples are historical and unbreakable.

Mr. Prime Minister of the State of Israel,

We are living in exceptional times, and a tragedy took place here that was itself exceptional.

We are joined by the ministers of the French government, the representatives of the State of Israel, our ambassadors, the representatives of the Jewish community here in Toulouse and in France, locally elected representatives, the mayor of Toulouse and parliamentarians. All those who contribute to the public spirit.

We are here together because seven and a half months ago, here, in front of this school, a terrorist as brutal as he was cowardly killed Jonathon Sandler, 30, his two children Arieh and Gabriel, as well as Myriam Monsonego, the principal's daughter, and seriously injured a 16 year old boy, Aaron Bijaoui.

The President of the State of Israel, President Shimon Peres, commented on the interview given by the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority, Abu Mazen, to Israel's Channel 2 news: "The Chairman of the Palestinian Authority, Abu Mazen, has proven through his deeds and his words that Israel has a real partner for peace. Abu Mazen rejects terrorism, guarantees that under his leadership he won't allow the outbreak of a violent third intifada, understands that the solution to the Palestinian refugee issue cannot be in Israel's territory and to the detriment of Israel's character, and stretches out his hand to Israel to restart negotiations."

The President of the State of Israel, President Shimon Peres, will depart on Tuesday 6th November for a state visit in Russia as a guest of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and will represent the State of Israel at the inauguration ceremony of the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow. At the ceremony President Peres and President Putin will deliver speeches in front of assembled guests and the media.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the two presidents will meet in the Kremlin for a work meeting with the aim of strengthening and expanding the strategic, security and diplomatic relations between the Israel and Russia.

WEATHER IMPACT EXTENDS TO AIRLINE'S CLEVELAND HUB
CUSTOMERS TRAVELING TO, FROM OR THROUGH IMPACTED CITIES MAY RESCHEDULE WITHOUT PENALTY ON UNITED.COM

CHICAGO, Oct. 29, 2012 – United Airlines today extended the period during which customers whose flights were delayed or cancelled as a result of east coast weather may rebook their itineraries without fee.

President Peres to Prime Minister Monti of Italy:
It seems these unprecedented sanctions are beginning to have an effect. We must stop Iran being a center of terror and a danger to humanity, the civilian way is preferable to a military option but all options remain on the table.

Prime Minister Monti to President Peres:
Although Italy is further away from Iran geographically, we are no less concerned about the threat from Iran. That is why we have played a central role in the sanctions on Iran.

"Columbus Day" is celebrated on October 12 in Spain and all South American countries. The name of this national holiday, "Columbus Day", commemorates the landfall day in the "New World" (America) for the sailor Rodrigo de Triana in 1492 and the famous voyages of Christopher Columbus.
Spain's new ambassador to Israel, Mr. Fernando Carderera and his charming wife Victoria hosted a reception to celebrate this important date at their Herzlia Pituach residence.
The gracious hosts, led by Mrs. Carderera, paid close attention to every detail, treating their guests to a rich choice of typical Spanish delicacies such as the inevitable "tortilla de papas", cheeses, Spanish tapas, and an excellent ham. Beverages included champagne and wines brought from Spain especially for the occasion. Of course there was also a table of kosher dishes.


On the Occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Korea and in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Korea and Israel, the Korean Ambassador, Mr. KIM Il-Soo has hosted a special reception at his residence in Rishpon.
450 guests from the art, business and political scene as well as diplomatic representatives have attended the beautiful event held on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012.

H.E. Minister of Tourism, Mr. Stas Misezhnikov who officially represented the Israeli Government said that the roots of the strong relationship between the two countries started officially in 1962 but we can also go back to 1950 when Israel took an important role in drafting the U.N. Resolution creating the Peace Observation Commission. Minister Misezhnikov referred to the growing cooperation between the countries in various fields and gave as an example the growing trend in the level of senior officials' visits with very successful and fruitful visits of the Israeli Foreign Minister, Mr. Avigdor Liberman and his Deputy Danny Ayalon. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy, Dan Meridor, who represented Israel in the Nuclear Security Summit held in Korea, and the Minister of Diaspora and Public Diplomacy, Yuli Edelstein who just ended a visit there this week.

Photo: Flash 90FM Liberman thanked the High Representative for the EU decision regarding sanctions on Iran. The Foreign Minister also expressed his gratitude for yesterday's (23 Oct.) decision on the ACAA agreement.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman met on Wednesday (24 October) in the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton.

In the meeting, the two discussed relations between Israel and the European Union, as well as events in the region. Foreign Minister Liberman thanked the High Representative for the EU decision regarding sanctions on Iran. The Foreign Minister also expressed his gratitude for yesterday's (23 Oct.) decision on the ACAA agreement, according to which the Israeli standard for pharmaceutical products will now be recognized in all 27 EU member states, which is expected to expand the scope of trade by Israeli companies with the European Union.


President Shimon Peres conducted a work meeting this afternoon (Wednesday, 24 October 2012) with the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton. The meeting took place at the President's Residence in Jerusalem.

Speaking about the current situation in southern Israel President Peres said, "You are here during a terrible situation. Right now as we are sitting there are a million people, mothers and children, are sitting in shelters and being bombed. Nobody in Europe, Asia, America or anywhere else would agree to that day after day. We are behaving with a great deal of patience, we don't want to see anyone being killed in Gaza, but no-one in the world could agree to the current situation. In my eyes to stop the bloodshed here and to stop the danger in Iran are the two main calls of our time. For the sake of their people and of ours."

Agreements on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACAAs) are a specific type of mutual recognition agreement based on the alignment of the legislative system and infrastructure of the country concerned with those of the European Community.

The conclusion of an ACAA is the end result of extensive dialogue and assistance in the fields of technical regulations and standards for industrial products.

The adoption of the EU system by other third countries will contribute to the elimination of technical barriers to trade, thereby increasing the accessibility of third countries' markets to products from the EU and vice versa.

President Shimon Peres hosted an official welcome ceremony for the President of Bulgaria, Mr. Rosen Plevneliev and the two conducted a work meeting,.

President Plevneliev to President Peres:

Bulgaria will strengthen the cooperation on security and diplomacy with Israel – Bulgaria sees Israel as a strategic ally

President Peres to President Plevneliev

Your visit to Jerusalem will strengthen the relations between Israel and Bulgaria which is the best answer to the terror and to the extremists in the Middle East.

Brussels, 22 October 2012 – Catherine Ashton, the European Union's High Representative for  Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the Commission, is in Jordan today for the first leg of a five-day visit to the Middle East. On Monday 22 October, she will meet with King Abdullah II and Jordanian Foreign Minister Judeh in Amman. She will also visit the Zaatary.

Egyptian Ambassador to President Peres:

I came with the message of peace. We are committed to all the agreements we signed with Israel and we are also committed to the peace treaty with Israel.

Jordanian Ambassador to President Peres:

The foremost priority in our foreign policy still remains the peace process and achieving peace between all neighboring countries including the establishment of an independent sovereign Palestinian state living side by side with the State of Israel

President Peres to the Egyptian Ambassador:

"I wish to convey to President Morsi my very best wishes for his success, for the success of Egypt and for the success of the Middle East."

Remarks by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the Security Council Open Debate on the Middle East, October 15, 2012

Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you, Under-Secretary-General Feltman, for your briefing.

I'll begin with Syria, where the horrifying situation is getting worse. Escalating violence, driven by the Asad regime, has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions of Syrians. And there's no clearer demonstration of the situation's threat to regional peace and security than the Syrian government's recent shelling of Ackakale, which this Council rightfully condemned. As the violence and atrocities mount, the United States will not wait for all members of this Council to get on the right side of history. Together with our allies, we're supporting the opposition as it moves toward an inclusive, democratic transition. We're further pressuring the regime, and we are addressing the growing humanitarian needs in the region. At the same time, we continue to support the efforts of Joint Special Representative Brahimi to find a durable solution to this crisis.

On September 27th 2012, the Commanding officer of the Training Ship "Esmeralda" Captain Guillermo Luttges and his entire crew welcomed honorary guests H.E. Minister Benjamin Begin, Charges des Affaires of Chile in Israel Mr. Oscar Alcaman, Head of naval Operations Israeli navy RADM Oded Gour-Lavie, Military Attache of Chile, Colonel Rene Leiva, Minister of Sciences and Technology Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz, and Mayor of Haifa Mr. Yona Yahav; as well as Israeli and local government officials, Israeli Navy Authorities, Members of the Diplomatic corps and other distinguished guests on board for a night of celebration on the occasion of the Republic of Chile's Independence Day and Army Day.

Chilean National Day and Army Day are normally celebrated the 18th and 19th of September, respectively. However, the official reception to celebrate the dates in Israel was held back by the Chilean Embassy to accommodate the arrival of the 21 sail navy ship to the Port of Haifa, giving everyone an opportunity to share the experience of visiting the Latin American country's vessel as well as an important part of its culture. For this purpose, the ship remained open for public visits during its stay in Haifa. The Esmeralda Training Ship is used by the Chilean Navy to enhance professional training of its future officers and Non Commissioned Officers; it has sailed 30 thousand nautical miles for nearly 9 months and will conclude its second tour around the world in January of 2013.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening (Tuesday, 9 October 2012), issued the following statement:

"First, on behalf of all Israelis, I would like to express support for the residents of areas adjacent to the Gaza Strip. I promise that we will continue to take strong action against terrorism.

In a few months, we will finish the fourth year in office of the most stable government in recent decades. This stability has helped us to achieve the two main goals that we promised the citizens of Israel.

First, we strengthened security, and this during a period in which a difficult and dangerous upheaval has raged around us in the Middle East.

And second, we strengthened the economy during another upheaval, a continuing global economic crisis that has led to the collapse of key economies in Europe and to mass unemployment there.

In order to deal with these challenges, we have invested very great resources in strengthening the IDF, such as in Iron Dome and in building the security fence along the Egyptian border. We have also conducted a responsible economic policy. Other countries have economic policies that have led to mass unemployment whereas we have created a record number of 330,000 jobs. In other countries, they have enacted giant cuts whereas we have increased investments in education, health, infrastructures, transportation, etc.

President Shimon Peres' sukkah will highlight "science, technology and Israeli innovation." The president's sukkah will showcase the successes of the State of Israel in science, technology, agriculture and health and will provide a range of activities for children and parents: Tours within the President's Residence, a display of satellites from the aerospace industries, an exhibition of agricultural developments, medical advances, performances by bands and groups representing a cross-section of Israeli society, demonstrations of science experiments and a photo booth in conjunction with the aerospace agency.

The President of the State of Israel will host tomorrow (Wednesday 3rd October 2012), between the hours of 09:00-12:00 the citizens of the State of Israel in his sukkah as part of the president's Open House. This year the Open House will be hosted in conjunction with Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health. The theme of the day will be "science, technology and Israeli innovation." Israeli's who come to the Open House will be able to enjoy a range of activities for children and parents. Tours within the President's Residence, a display of satellites from the aerospace industries, an exhibition of agricultural developments, medical advances, performances by bands and groups representing a cross-section of Israeli society, demonstrations of science experiments and a photo booth in conjunction with the aerospace agency. The whole event will be hosted by President Peres who wished to use the occasion to showcase Israeli successes.

On the occasion of the Constitution Day and Day of the Armed forces of the Slovak republic, the Ambassador of the slovak republic to the State of Israel, Mr. and Mrs. Radovan javorcik have invited friends and dignitaries to an intimate, informal reception on the rooftop of the Duplex Roof bar in Herzelia.

President Peres decorated the Sukkah in his residence with children from Jerusalem

President Peres said to his guests:

Ahmadinejad's speech at the United Nations is embarrassing and shows a deep historical ignorance – I intend to send the UN Secretary-General a letter which will include a history lesson for Ahmadinejad.

(The text of Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech is also available here<http://www.pmo.gov.il/English/MediaCenter/Speeches/Pages/speechUN270912.aspx>.)

Thank you very much Mr. President.

It's a pleasure to see the General Assembly presided by the Ambassador from Israel, and it's good to see all of you, distinguished delegates.

ISRAELI INDUSTRIALIST STEF WERTHEIMER VISITS MEGEMERIA, A JEWELRY MAKING SCHOOL FOR ETHIOPIAN IMMIGRANTS AND THE FIRST SOCIAL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE OF ITS KIND IN ISRAEL:

“I would be pleased to investigate the feasibility of incorporating this unique project into my activities to create employment in the north of Israel”

IN THE SOUTH –– CONFLICT, IN THE NORTH –– SAVING LIVES

On the background of tensions in the South, four kids from Gaza are receiving treatment at Rambam Medical Center without which they might die. Medicine across borders

An Austrian couple is currently touring Israel, selected in a competition held by the Israel Government Tourist Office in Germany to star in a campaign to encourage tourism to Israel. Last March, while in Germany, Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov launched a competition to select the "face of the German tourist in Israel". The competition was widely publicized in the Axel Springer Group of newspapers and various web sites.

Due to the Palestinian Authority's financial crisis, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Tuesday, 11 September 2012), ordered the transfer of a NIS 250 million advance to the Palestinian Authority from tax revenues collected by Israel.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, who consulted on the issue with Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, communicated the directive via his special envoy, Isaac Molho, who coordinated with the Palestinian leadership.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Tuesday, 11 September 2012), made the following remarks at the welcoming ceremony for Israel's Paralympic athletes<http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Government/Communiques/2012/Netanyahu_Livnat_host_Israel_Paralympic_athletes_14-Aug-2012.htm>, at President Shimon Peres' Jerusalem Residence:

"We met last month at a very moving ceremony at the Prime Minister's Office and before you left you gave this to me, Noam – not a medal but a medallion of the Paralympic Games in London. I saw this as a deposit. You gave me this medallion and you have returned with medals. To tell the truth, I must tell you that I did not think that you would return with so many medals. Bronze, silver and gold, this is very moving. As President Shimon Peres said, and as Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat will certainly say, Noam, when you stood there and heard the national anthem and you cried, I also cried and the entire country identified with you. All of you represent the Israeli spirit at its best. Once, it was said that the best became pilots, they still say that. Today, they say that the best play tennis. I think that the fact that you struggled and you won here, this is what moved us all. I phoned some of you and congratulated you and you told me, Mr. Prime Minister, you remember the issue of the broadcasts, we finished the greetings very quickly and went on to talk about the broadcasts.

Bulgarian Deputy PM and Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov, will be in charge of the country while the Cabinet is on a two-day trip to Israel. Photo by BGNES The Israeli and Bulgarian governments have (Today 11 September 2012), in Jerusalem, hold their second inter-governmental consultation.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will welcome is Bulgarian counterpart, Boyko Borisov, in his Jerusalem office. At the same time, Israeli ministers and their Bulgarian counterparts will hold working meetings at the King David Hotel. Following the meetings, there will be a joint press conference and a Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Netanyahu and Prime Minister Borisov.

The US, which is the leader of the free world, has long stood in the firing line of radical Islamist terrorism.

FM Liberman condemns attacks on US diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Media Advisor)

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman condemns the attacks on the US diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and stated that these are evil terrorist attacks aimed against the West and the entire democratic world.

Several Jewish holidays – some of which are full legal holidays in Israel – will take place this year between 16 September and 8 October. The Government Press Office would like to provide the following brief summary.
Preparations for the Jewish New Year

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this morning (Monday, 10 September 2012), received from Chief Statistician Prof. Shlomo Yitzhaki, the 2012 Statistical Abstract of Israel.

The Cabinet, today (Sunday, 9 September 2012), approved changing the status of the Ariel University Center into a university.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "It is important that there be an additional university in Israel; it is important that there be a university in Ariel.

A large crowd of diplomats, captains of industry and commerce, cultural icons and other invited guests gathered in the grand ballroom of Tel Aviv’s Hilton Hotel on the 5th September to celebrate Uzbekistan’s 21st Independence Day. The lavish reception was hosted by His Excellency Oybek A. Eshonov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Israel, and his gracious wife Mohira Eshonova.

"It is time to correct an historic justice and deal with the Jews who were forced out of Arab countries."

Many Jews who had lived for generations in Arab countries were driven from their homes as a result of antisemitism and anti-Jewish riots arter the declaration of the Jewish state. Between 1948 and 1952, 856,000 Jews from Arab countries became refugees.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this afternoon (Wednesday, 5 September 2012), in his Jerusalem office, met with Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi. At the start of the meeting, the Prime Minister said: "We are facing great challenges; perhaps the greatest challenge that the international community is facing is Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons.

GIRLS FROM THE BEDOUIN SECTOR ARE DOING THEIR NATIONAL SERVICE AS INSTRUCTORS IN ISRAEL ELECTRIC'S EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM, NATIV HAOR



The program, Nativ Haor, is being taught to 4th to 6th grade students for the fifth year in 314 schools in the Arab sector and will train 24,893 students to use electricity safely.

On the 40th anniversary of the abduction and massacre of the 11 Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics, commemoration ceremonies will be held on Wednesday, September 5th 2012, at the Munich Olympic compound and at the military airport of Fürstenfeldbruck, scene of the massacre.

PM Netanyahu Meets with Heroes to Heroes Delegation
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening (Monday, 3 September 2012), met with a delegation of the Heroes to Heroes Foundation<http://www.heroestoheroes.org/>, which brings together Israeli and American soldiers wounded in war.

On the occasion of the 67th Anniversary of the National Day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the Embassy of Vietnam in Israel hosted a reception at the Royal Ball Room of the David Intercontinental Hotel in Tel-Aviv on August 29, 2012.

Ambassador Dinh Xuan Luu and his wife, Mrs. Truong Phuong Hong, welcomed
Minister of Tourism Stas Misezhnikov, who assisted as an honorary guest to the reception. Also among the select group of distinguished guests was a delegation of representatives of the Arava International Center.

28 REQUESTS WERE SUBMITTED TO THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM'S INVESTMENT ADMINISTRATION TO REFURBISH AND CONVERT OVER 1000 HOTEL ROOMS AT A TOTAL INVESTMENT OF NIS 272 MILLION.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS, REQUESTS SUBMITTED TO ESTABLISH NEW HOTEL ROOMS IN THE DEAD SEA

The Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry, ahead of Rosh Hashanah<http://goisrael.com/Tourism_Eng/Tourist%20Information/Jewish%20Themes/Holidays/Pages/Rosh%20Hashanah.aspx>, presents a special initiative, http://www.ShanaTova.org<http://www.shanatova.org/>, in the framework of which Jews from around the world may send holiday greetings to each other via a customized electronic postcard, including a personalized message, which it is also possible to post on Facebook. The postcard will arrive via email in the language of the sender's choice.

Cavers from the cave research unit of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have just returned from exploring the deepest cave in the world. The cave, known as Krubera-Voronya, is considered the “Everest of the caves” and is in Abkhazia in the south of Russia near the Black Sea.

On August 27th, the Embassy of Ukraine in the State of Israel hosted a reception on the occasion of Ukraine's National Day, commemorating the independence of the Eastern European country from the USSR in 1991.

The event was held at the Dan Panorama Hotel Tel-Aviv, where H. E. Ambassador of Ukraine, Hennadiy Nadolenko and his wife, Mrs. Julia Nadolenko welcomed the Ukranian delegation lead by Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Mrs. Oksana Petriaieva, in the company of her Israeli colleague, Mrs. Talya Lador-Fesher.

On August 27th, the Embassy of Ukraine in the State of Israel hosted a reception on the occasion of Ukraine's National Day, commemorating the independence of the Eastern European country from the USSR in 1991.

The event was held at the Dan Panorama Hotel Tel-Aviv, where H. E. Ambassador of Ukraine, Hennadiy Nadolenko and his wife, Mrs. Julia Nadolenko welcomed the Ukranian delegation lead by Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Mrs. Oksana Petriaieva, in the company of her Israeli colleague, Mrs. Talya Lador-Fesher.



Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman and Minister of Tourism Stas Misezhnikov assisted as honorary guests. While Israeli Minister of Immigrant absorption Sofa Landver, Minister of Energy and Water Resources Dr. Uzi Landau, members of the Kneset and members of the Diplomatic Missions in Israel were also counted among the distinguished guests.

During his speech, Ukranian Ambassador Nadolenko stressed the importance of Ukranian-Israeli bilateral relations. "We are cordially thankful to our Jewish friends and colleagues for their hospitality and kindness, which we feel from the first day of our mission here, on the Holy Land. I am glad that there are so many friends of Ukraine here in Israel and beyond," he proclaimed.

The Ambassador added that non-governmental organizations have helped develop strong cultural bonds with the Jewish people which have brought the Israeli and Ukrainian people closer together. From migration organizations to business and commerce institutions, these groups have helped to cultivate a long-term relationship built of trust, reciprocity, and coordiality.

Ukraine was established as a sovereign nation while it tightened its commitment to democracy and created a socially oriented market economy, explained Mr. Nadolenko. "Opening the door to transparent elections, freedom of speech and religion, interethnic respect and tolerance have become important democratic achievement in Ukraine. These are the realities, without which modern generations of Ukranians cannot imagine its existence any more," he argued. In this sense, a democratic spirit has propelled significant investment and development of the Eastern European country.

Finally, the Ambassador thanked the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman and Minister of Tourism of Israel Stas Misezhnikov for their contributions to enable visa free admittance for peoples of both countries. He hoped that diplomatic relations would continue to flourish and lead to fruitful negotiations in the creation of a Free Trade Area between Ukraine and Israel in the near future.
Foreign relations between Israel and Ukraine were established in 1992, shortly after Ukraine's independence. In 2010, the countries signed a non- visa agreement allowing Israelis and Ukrainians to travel to and from both countries freely. These agreements have contributed to the strengthening of relations between the Middle Eastern and Eastern European countries, particularly as the trade volume between the two nations continues to grow rapidly, reaching 600 million dollars in 2011 alone.  

At the pulpit, Minister of Tourism Stas Misezhnikov congratulated the People of Ukraine on behalf of the Government and people of Israel on their day of independence. He spoke about the prominent Ukrainian and Jewish people that link both countries in a common pride. These close ties, the Minister said, are strengthened by the continuous official visits that members of the Israeli government have exchanged with Ukrainian government officials over time.

Mr. Misezhnikov assured that the development of current bilateral cooperation and joint initiatives between Ukraine and the state of Israel is a tangible result of the political dialogue between the two governments. He further added that both nations would benefit greatly from the ongoing efforts and investments that are being made toward strengthening relations between them.

"The fact that there are half a million immigrants from Ukraine in Israel is of significance for they constitute a human bridge between both countries and they have a central and positive role in developing the people-to-people ties between both nations," highlighted the Minister.

Those ties among people translate into concrete actions from both governments, specifically in cultural and economic cooperation. The Israeli Minister provided details of such cooperation with the Agreement on Social Security the Israeli-Ukranian Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation. Furthermore, he expressed optimism about the upcoming launch in the negotiation process of a Free Trade Agreement.

Ukraine's National Day celebration in Tel Aviv was embellished by performances from Israeli and Ukrainian artists.

HEADLINES FROM THE HEBREW PRESS


HA'ARETZ

1. IDF ADVOCATE GENERAL RECOMMENDS CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AGAINST GABI ASHKENAZI



2. MIGRON EVACUEES TO PAY ONLY NIS 11 PER SQM. FOR MOBILE HOMES

Nitzan Chen, today (Sunday, 26 August 2012), pursuant to a public tender, has entered office as Director of the Government Press Office in the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry. He succeeds Oran Helman, who served as Director in 2010-2011, and takes up office after an interim period in which Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry Director-General Ronen Plot served as Acting Director.

(August 26, 2012 - Jerusalem)  On Monday, August 27, 2012, Yad Vashem and the Netherlands will sign an agreement whereby the Dutch government will support the digitization of the files concerning the Dutch Righteous Among the Nations.  The agreement will be signed at Yad Vashem by Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev and Ambassador HE Caspar Veldkamp on behalf of the Netherlands.

The measure announced today by the South African cabinet to require special labeling for goods emanating from Israeli settlements is without precedent, as no such measure has ever been adopted in South Africa or in any other country: it constitutes therefore a blatant discrimination based on national and political distinction. This kind of discrimination has not been imposed – and rightly so – in any other case of national, territorial or ethnic conflict.

A festive event marking the 20th anniversary of the Rabin Government took place at the Rabin Center at Tel Aviv University .
A tour of the Rabin museum which recounts the history of the State of Israel alongside Itzhak Rabin's life story, preceeded the event.

Like Rabin, the center transcends differences between right-left and religious-secular, providing a place for thousands of students each year to face and help solve differences in a peaceful manner. The central themes of the learning center are democratic values, tolerance and coexistence.

For anyone who deals in reality, there is not the slightest doubt that the Modi'in, Maccabim and Re'ut localities are an integral part of Israel, and their future is not in question.


The EU ignores reality when it extends the domain of conflict to places and issues that do not belong there. As for the other locations mentioned in the EU list, the European approach, though not new, is not acceptable in Israel's view, and it is being addressed through ongoing diplomatic engagement.

The signing of the Program of Educational, Scientific, Cultural, Youth and Sports Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and the

Government of the State of Israel for the years 2012-2014.

H.E.the Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia Ms. Alenka Suhadolnik and Deputy Director General, Head of Division for Culture & Scientific Affairs Mr. Raphael Gamzou signed the Program of Educational, Scientific, Cultural, Youth and Sports Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and the Government of the State of Israel for the years 2012-2014 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem on July 26th.

Israel wishes to convey its condolences to Egypt and to the Egyptian people on the killing of security forces servicemen by terrorists. This barbaric attack has caused the death Egyptians, and was meant to slay Israelis as well. Moreover, it aimed at shattering the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt.

Remarks of Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro at Hebrew University Memorial Service Nancy Reagan Courtyard.

Professor Ben-Sasson, Professor Stroumsa, Ambassador Bigot, students and alumni of Hebrew University, friends, family members, and honored guests:

Today, we remember the loss of nine members of the Hebrew University family, Ben Blutstein, Marla Bennet, Revital Barashi, David Gritz, David Diego Ladovski, Janice Ruth Kolter, Dina Carter, Levina Shapira, and Daphna Shafruch, yehi zihram baruch.

Eleventh Meeting of the European Union – Israel Association Council

(held in Brussels on 24 July 2012)


 

Statement of the European Union

(adopted on 23 July 2012) 

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT SIGNING OF THE UNITED STATES-ISRAEL

ENHANCED SECURITY COOPERATION ACT

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Hope you guys are all staying cool. Well, listen, I just wanted to welcome these outstanding leaders to the Oval Office. I want to in particular acknowledge Congressman Howard Berman and Senator Barbara Boxer, who have done outstanding work in shepherding through this bipartisan piece of legislation that underscores our unshakeable commitment to Israel.

“Our commitment to the security of Israel is rock solid. And as I've said to the Prime Minister in every single one of our meetings, the United States will always have Israel's back when it comes to Israel's security. This is a bond that is based not only on our mutual security interests and economic interests, but is also based on common values and the incredible people-to-people contacts that we have between our two countries.”

 

During a recent interview on A Mano Limpia, hosted by Oscar Haza on WJAN-Channel 41 (Florida), President Obama declared that Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez has not posed “a serious” national security threat to the United States.

Perhaps, he considered Chávez’s rhetoric simply as “business as usual” in Latin American politics: blaming U.S. foreign policy as the source of all regional evils. In that context, Chávez’s “anti-Imperialist” speech might, at a stretch, be perceived as ordinary propaganda bluster and not a major threat.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman met on Wednesday 25 July 2012 in Brussels with Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

During their meeting, the two ministers discussed the Israel-European Union relationship and events in the Middle East.

Amb Haim Waxman: Statement to the UN Security Council

 

A clear line of terror runs from the bombing in Argentina to the attack in Bulgaria. It begins and ends in Iran. The Iranian campaign of terrorism is a plague that threatens not only Israelis and Jews, but innocent people all over the globe.

President Peres meets with Israel's new ambassador to Ethiopia

 

President Peres: I am very proud of you and your work. You are the first blossom of the Ethiopian community – I am full of pride, and the entire nation congratulates you.

President Shimon Peres met on Tuesday 24 July 2012 with Zevadia Belaynesh, Israel's first Ethiopian-born ambassador, who will be departing shortly to head Israel’s embassy in Addis Ababa.

His Excellency Mr. Isaac Gilinski, Ambassador of Colombia in Israel, hosted a scintillating reception to mark the Colombian National Day of Independence. Colombia has been a free and independent country for over 200 years now, and in the Ambassador’s words: “Israel and Colombia have been close partners and friends for several decades. We share common values and a respect for democratic governance and the rule of law”.

 

Among the distinguished guests, which included members of the Diplomatic Corps, representatives of the Israeli government (including Minister of Agriculture Ms. Orit Noked) and Colombians living in Israel, was former Colombian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Noemi Sanin, always a great friend of Israel. The former Colombian Ambassador to Israel, Mr. David de la Rosa and his wife Grace , also graced the event with his presence.

 

On Tuesday, July 24, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver the keynote address at “Imagine the Unimaginable: A Symposium on Ending Genocide in the 21st Century” presented by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, in cooperation with the Council on Foreign Relations and CNN. The symposium will explore the challenges of preventing genocide in the 21st Century.

Wiesenthal Center Welcomes Arrest and Indictment in Budapest of Most Wanted Nazi War Criminal Laszlo Csatary

A few days ago, Ladislaus “Laszlo” Csatary, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s #1 most wanted Nazi war criminal was found living in Budapest based on information provided by the Center.

The ceremony, in memory of the AMIA bombing that killed 85 people, was held in the presence of Mr. Carlos Faustino Garcia, Argentinian ambassador to Israel, Mr. Gidi Mark, CEO of Taglit-Birthright Israel and young adults. 

Taglit –Birthright Israel commemorated, this morning (Wednesday 18/7), the AMIA bombing against the Jewish community that killed 85 people in Argentina in 1994. The memorial took place at Rabin Square, in the presence of Mr. Carlos Faustino Garcia, Argentinian ambassador to Israel, Mr. Gidi Mark, CEO of Taglit-Birthright Israel, together with 160 young adults – participants of the birthright delegation from Argentina and activists from the Argentinian Jewish community in Israel.

Maestro Zubin Mehta himself introduced the program for the 77th season of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) at a press conference on Sunday. In his usual casual and friendly mode, dropping Yiddishisms as he spoke, he was clearly delighted with the schedule as he revealed highlights to the attentive audience.

 

On the occacion of the book presentation

"Deutschland und Deutsche in Jerusalem"

Foreign direct investment summit (FDI) 2012

The biggest conference on foreign direct investment in Slovenia, the -FDI Summit 2012- will be held in Ljubljana on September 20 and 21 of this year.

The FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) Summit Slovenia 2012 is an executive-level business conference devoted to the investment environment and opportunities in

Slovenia.

Today, Israel and the United States convened their semi-annual Strategic Dialogue at Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem.  The Strategic Dialogue, the highest level regularly scheduled diplomatic meetings between the two countries, highlights the strong alliance and deep ties that bind Israel and the United States.  Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and Deputy Secretary of State William Burns headed the respective delegations.

Online photography competition

The British Embassy in Israel invites you to enter its First UK in Israel photo competition.


UK
in Israel Photo Contest: Rules, Terms and Conditions:

The British Embassy in Israel invites you to enter its first UK in Israel photo competition. Please read the following rules and terms of conditions before submitting any photos.

A unique moment when the Ambassador from Fiji knelt before the President, in true Fiji tradition, when presenting the credentials.


The State President, to the incoming Thai Ambassador:
“Thailand is a paradise for tourists the world over. Terrorists must never be allowed to destroy that Garden of Eden. Thai security forces are doing an excellent job to ensure that that never happens.”

Secretary Clinton is on travel to France, Afghanistan, Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Egypt and Israel departing Washington, D.C. on July 5.

Moving together towards a brighter future


Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Let me start by thanking Professor Aaron Ben-Ze'ev, President of the University of Haifa, and Mr Leon Cherney, Chair of the Board of Governors.

 

I am deeply grateful and honoured to receive this honorary degree from such a prestigious and dynamic university, committed to "fostering mutual understanding between Jews and non-Jews."

U.S. Ambassador's Remarks July 4th Celebration

Welcome again, it’s wonderful to see all of you here at this important celebration of America’s history. Julie and I are honored by so many special guests, too many to name, but I want to extend a special welcome, of course, to President Peres—I’m very glad you could join us tonight and appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to celebrate with us. We will also be hearing greetings from Prime Minister Netanyahu in a few moments, by video, and I’m grateful for his participation. We wish him a speedy recovery. I also want to send our condolences to the family of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir.

About 100 by-invitation-only guests gathered on Saturday evening at the elegant Savyon residence of Samuel Schlesinger, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Croatia, for a musical soiree. This was concert number 13 in the series that the Croation Consul arranges for guests. The event showcased a special appearance by the Kir Stefan Serb Choir of the St. Sava Orthodox Church in Toronto, Canada, under the leadership of Conductor and Artistic Director Ms. Jasmina Vučurović.

 

President Barroso met today Prime-Minister Netanayahu at the beginning of his visit to Israel.


On this occasion both leaders reviewed the state of EU-Israel relations. President Barroso emphasized the close nature of the bilateral relations, both from a political and economic point of view, with the EU remaining Israel's main trading partner accounting for 30% of overall trade. The particular success of the cooperation on science and research was illustrated with the signature of a MoU on cooperation on energy and water.

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Israel Ministry of Energy and Water Resources to deepen scientific cooperation.

In the context of President Barroso's visit to Israel, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Israel Ministry of Energy and Water Resources have signed today a Memorandum of Understanding to deepen their scientific cooperation in the fields of energy, with a particular focus on clean energy, and water desalination. The link between energy and water will also be further investigated. The agreement fully complies with the EU-Israel European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan adopted in 2005.

MAD: Marketing, Advertising, Digital and Music Conference

July 11th, 2012 | Wednesday

The conference brings together people of worldwide importance in the industry to hear the latest developments in global telecommunications, media, advertising and the Internet . Such developments are of particular relevance for Israel, a country known as an early adopter of advanced technologies and a test bed for the immense changes underway in these fields.

FM Liberman expressed appreciation for Italy's support of Israel at the EU and international fora and said that he very much appreciates Italy’s stand on the issue of sanctions against Iran.

 

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

The bilateral relationship between the two countries is continuously growing in many areas of cooperation. Bilateral trade volume currently stands at US$ 600 million, and expectations are that this sum will increase further in the near future.

 

(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)

The U.S. Embassy’s official Independence Day reception will be broadcast live on the internet via high-speed upload directly from the Residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Israel in Herzliya on Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

 

 

New Exhibition to Open at the Litvak Gallery

“Whitegray” – Michele Bubacco

The Litvak Gallery is proud to present the first comprehensive international exhibition of the Italian painter Michele Bubacco, showcasing more than 30 of his works from different series. The Gallery has been working with the artist for the past several years

Exhibition dates: Thursday, June 28, 2012 – Wednesday, August 31, 2012

 

President Putin received by Chief of Protocol, Ms. Talya Lador-Frescher; welcomed by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

20 years of friendly diplomatic and commercial relations between Slovenia and Israel



The crème de la crème of Israel’s Diplomatic Corps and business and commercial leaders met last Thursday at the Herzlia Pituach home of the Ambassador of Slovenia, to drink a toast honoring that  country’s Independence Day, as well as to celebrate 20 years of friendly diplomatic and commercial relations between Slovenia and Israel.

A Glittering Event

On the 12th June Israel’s captains of industry, leading politicians, distinguished diplomats and commercial leaders gathered at the Hilton Hotel for the traditional gala reception celebrating Russia’s Independence Day. As in previous years, in attendance were the top military leaders from WW2 – Generals and Captains in their fine uniforms and displaying their medals and awards. These were the people who led Russia to victory over the Nazis, stopped Hitler’s domination and halted six years of bloody war that cut down millions of our people, of Russians and of citizens of the countries of Europe.

 


The Israeli Presidential Conference: Facing Tomorrow
 

The Israeli Presidential Conference 2011  Facing Tomorrow  June 21-23, 2011  Jerusalem








The program is subject to changes

H.E. Miguel De Almeida e Souza, Portuguese Ambassador to Israel, hosted a warm and friendly reception to celebrate Portugal’s National Day on 10th June. (The date memorializes one of Portugal’s greatest poets and writers, Don Luis de Camões.)

President Obama awards President Shimon Peres of Israel the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a dinner at the White House in the East Room. An ardent advocate for Israel's security and for peace, Shimon Peres was elected the ninth President of Israel in 2007. Through his life and work, he has strengthened the unbreakable bonds between Israel and the United States.

Towards Rio+20……

PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Environmental Protection Gilad Erdan

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development will take place on June 20-22, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


The conference focuses on two main themes: Building a green economy to achieve sustainable development and lifting people out of poverty, while improving international coordination for sustainable development. Much has been done in Israel over the past decade to meet the challenges of sustainable development.


Mr. President,

I was profoundly moved by your decision to award me the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

To receive it is an honor. And to receive it from you, Mr. President, is a privilege that I shall cherish forever. It is a testament to the historic friendship between our two nations.

When I was really young, the founder of the State of Israel, David Ben Gurion, called me to work with him. For sixty-five years, inspired by his leadership, I gathered strength for my country. Pursued peace for my people. I learned that public service is a privilege that must be based on morality.

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