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Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy,

Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs, Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for

Development, and Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International Cooperation,

Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, made today the following statement:

“Today is World Refugee Day: a day of growing concern for the international community as the

number of displaced people around the world soars to a dramatic new high. We can count the number

of refugees – more than 46 million, according to the U" High Commissioner for Refugees – but we

cannot quantify the human suffering, the broken families, destroyed childhoods and livelihoods that

come with fleeing a war or a disaster.

Remarks by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton before her meeting with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Thank you. Prime Minister. Can I just say what a great pleasure it is to see you, to be back in Jerusalem, back in this great nation, to say first of all that I'm fully supportive of the work that  Secretary Kerry is undertaking. I know he's travelled many times already to talk with you, to talk with President Abbas. And as I've made clear, I'm fully supportive of his work. I said this in Ramallah last night, I say it here in Jerusalem, that we want this to be the way forward, to bring direct negotiations, and Europe will support that wholeheartedly. It is, as you rightly indicate, the way forward.

Top TV, print marketing and blogger experts today debated the question “has traditional Media Been Caught in the Web?” during a panel at the 2013 Israeli Presidential Conference.

Ms. Jane Eisner, Editor-in-Chief of The Jewish Daily Forward, monitored the discussion, whose speakers included Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, Richard Plepler, CEO of HBO, Ed Morissey, the lead blogger on HotAir, Aluf Benn, Editor-in-Chief of Haaretz newspaper, and Dr. Renana Peres, Assistant Professor of Marketing at Hebrew University.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton accepted Israel’s President’s Award from Israeli President Shimon Peres, the sixth recipient of the award, in a ceremony today at Jerusalem’s International Convention Center.

“(President Clinton) became a leader of humanity by inspiring and not imposing,” said President Peres. “Your unwavering commitment to the Jewish people and your moving support for the State of Israel will always be cherished. The future will hang upon your immeasurable contribution.”

Director of UN World Food Bank Program, Ertharin Cousin: “We can have a vision, but a vision without investment is simply a hallucination”

June 19, 2013 – Jerusalem, Israel – Dr. Miriam Haran, Director of the M.B.A. studies at Ono Academic College, led an expert panel addressing the question “Is there Hope for a Greener Tomorrow?”

While participants are hopeful that tomorrow will be “greener”, they highlighted a number of potential obstacles that must be overcome, including greater global collaboration, investment and governmental support of green technology.