Got that pioneering spirit? You’re invited to help build Israel’s periphery by planting roots in southern soil with Nefesh B’Nefesh.
Israel is utilizing new media technology to developing innovative ways to extend hands of friendship to countries in a volatile Middle East.
“We are exploring government, people and societies … trying to skip over the borders and using the new media to create virtual embassies,” which speak directly to those in the Arab world, said Foreign Ministry director-general, Rafael Barak, at the inaugural ceremony of the 13th annual Herzliya Conference on Monday.
Addressing the regional trends impacting Israel, Barak related that “we live in a region in a state of constant instability, and it is our assessment that this instability will continue for many more years.” Despite this, the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to locate potential friends in the region, while trying to find “frenemies” among Israel’s enemies and exploring how different governments relate to one another.
Barak remarked that Israel must not only be aware of the threats that exist in the region, but also of certain population sectors that seek friendship. “We must contend with the people around us, looking at the new strategic threats, including the large concentration of chemical weapons in Syria, Hizbullah and Hamas activity, as well as Kurdish populations and other minorities looking for our friendship and trying to draw close to Israel,” he stated.
Regionally, “the characteristics of peace have almost disappeared” said Barak. However, he stressed that the situation with Jordan was better, noting that Israel has an embassy there and is “doing a lot of things with visibility… and under the radar.”
“We always look for opportunities [in the region] … We hope an opportunity will come from Syria…[and] are trying to open doors wherever possible and provide humanitarian assistance wherever possible.”
In regard to the situation in Egypt, Barak emphasized the necessity for Israel to “maintain peace agreements with Egypt in light of the instability and internal situation.” He said that the Foreign Ministry was maintaining a “mobile ministry” which traveled to and from Egypt weekly, rather than maintaining a permanent embassy in an unstable and dangerous area.
About the Author: Anav Silverman is a regular contributor to Tazpit News Agency.
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
No tweets found.
The Rabbinical Council of America on Monday sent Rabbi David Stav, a Religious Zionist candidate for the post of Israel’s Chief Rabbi, a letter of encouragement, stating the organization’s full support: To the Honorable Rabbi David Stav Shlit’a, Rabbi of the town of Shoham, Chairman of the Rabbinical Organization Tzohar, the Rabbi of the Ezra [...]
Tied up and raped at knifepoint, Linor Abargil was able to escape, to press charges, to find other victims of the same rapist, and make a documentary about how to speak out. Oh, and she was crowned “Miss World” just seven weeks after being raped.
The trick to lifting up a buddy who’s been injured is to grab him from the middle. If you manage to divide his weight equally on either side of your shoulder, you should be able to schlep him a good distance without feeling much pain. The downside is – he’s probably going to feel a [...]
Streisand loves Israel – she even visits the country once in a while. She gives lots of money. And she can’t resist a chance to preach about women’s rights in Israel but admits it is a “foreign land.”
Israel may ban the “foie gras” delicacy because it is made from force-fed geese. If Israel is so concerned about animal rights, European Jews may face another aim to ban kosher slaughter.
Observant Jews in Los Angeles are bracing for the possibility that they will not be allowed to carry anything or even push a baby stroller on Shabbat due to a freeway project that will knock down the ‘Eruv.” which transforms a public area in to a private space in terms of Jewish law. The eruv [...]
Egypt has deployed helicopters to patrol the Sinai Peninsula and has declared a state of alert in the area after radical Islamic terrorists from Gaza set up a base in the central Sinai. Curfews were clamped on Sinai cities, including the Egyptian side of Rafiah and el-Arish, according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency. Approximately [...]
Montreal’s first Jewish mayor and a Jewish former alderman were arrested as part of a crackdown on corruption. Michael Applebaum, who was appointed mayor last November, was taken into custody Monday morning by agents of the anti-corruption unit, l’unite permanente anticorruption (UPAC). Also arrested was Saulie Zajdel, an Orthodox Jewish former city council member who [...]
Obama wants to arm Syrian rebels. Saudi Arabia is giving them anti-aircraft missiles. And Al Qaeda has a how-to manual use them. Then it can do what Israel feared Assad would do – down an Israeli plane.
SodaStream, the Israel-based company that makes machines to convert tap water into fizz, has signed a deal with KitchenAid to join forces for a new machine expected to be on the market before the end of the year. SodaStream was rumored two weeks ago to become part of PepsiCo, which denied reports that it was [...]
Forget Streisand’s concerts and performance for Peres. What may be the most emotional moment of her current visit to Israel was her listening to a cancer-stricken girl sing her own song, “People.”
Pope Francis sent President Shimon Peres a letter with blessings for his 90th birthday, which is to be marked on August 2. Celebrations towards the day began more than a month ago. The pope quoted a verse in Psalms and paraphrased the Priestly Blessing as a personal note for President Peres. Pope Francis wrote, “On [...]
“Price Tag” vandals who damage and burn Arab property and spray graffiti on mosques and churches are now official an illegal organization in Israel, thanks to a Security Cabinet decision. It is not quite clear how a group of people without any formal party or unit can be called an “illegal organization.” The Security Cabinet [...]
“Keys would have none of it from a person who is one step above a lunatic shouting anti-Semitic canards on the street.”
On Sunday, Turkish police detained 441 people following clashes in Istanbul between police and anti-government protesters, an official at the city’s bar association told Reuters. Throughout Sunday, police in Istanbul shot water cannon and tear gas at thousands of demonstrators who were trying to get into Taksim Square. An official from the capital Ankara bar [...]
“The events outside Manhattan are drawing large crowds and attracting GOP Primary voters, building the enthusiasm we need to win.”
“It reaffirmed for me how important it is to have dinner with your family at home.”
“If you are Jewish, they will hate you no matter what.”
“They don’t just come to tour and see the sites, but they actually perform their material to audiences for an important cause.”
Avigail Shlesinger, 81, will never forget the day Jerusalem was liberated, 46 years ago.
Stars from the hit American TV shows “Scandal” and “Once Upon a Time” visited the Western Wall Friday night during and found themselves immediately recognized by religious Jewish prayer-goers. ”People approached us at the Western Wall, saying they watch our shows,” said Katie Lowes, who stars in the new American political thriller television series “Scandal,” [...]
What a brew! A Scottish brew master, his Tunisian wife and two Yanks operate a boutique brewery. They produce several hundred bottles a month and plan more.
An Israeli Jew saved two Bedouin brothers from the fate of three other brothers who drowned last Thursday, it was revealed this week. The brothers were swept off to sea by strong currents during their family’s visit to the Ashkelon coast. After four days of rescue efforts which involved the Israeli Navy, police ships, jet [...]
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israel-creating-virtual-embassies-in-middle-east/2013/03/12/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: