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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Finance Minister Yair Lapid, outgoing Governor of the Bank of Israel Prof. Stanley Fischer and incoming Governor of the Bank of Israel Prof. Jacob Frenkel made the following statements today (Monday, 24 June 2013):

Prime Minister Netanyahu: "My friend, the Finance Minister and I decided together on the appointment of Jacob Frenkel as the next Governor of the Bank of Israel. This was a difficult search among excellent candidates.

On June 19, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2013 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts.  Israel, for the second year, received a “Tier 1” ranking for the Government of Israel’s efforts to prevent human trafficking, prosecute offenders, and protect trafficking victims.

A diverse plenary panel consisting of a Nobel Laureate, the chief architect of President Barack Obama's two successful presidential campaigns, a New York Times best-selling scholar, and an award-winning Hollywood actress participated in a spirited discussion on the psychological aspects of attaining Israeli-Palestinian peace, online dating and leadership. The panel was moderated by Tamar Ish Shalom, host of the daily evening news on Israel's Channel Ten, and included Prof. Daniel Kahneman; David Axelrod; Prof. Dan Ariely; and Sharon Stone.

Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Doha, New Delhi, Jeddah, Kuwait City, Amman, Jerusalem, and Bandar Seri Begawan from June 21 to July 2.

 On June 22-23 in Doha, the Secretary is scheduled to meet with senior Qatari officials to discuss bilateral and regional issues.  The Secretary will also participate in a meeting with the “London 11” foreign ministers to discuss the situation in Syria, including support to the Syrian opposition and efforts to advance a political solution.

Long thought as a Middle Eastern country without energy resources, Israel has had several significant
natural gas finds off the Mediterranean coast over the last several years. These new, potentially
game-changing discoveries were the topic of discussion at an afternoon panel at the Fifth Annual Israeli
Presidential Conference.