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August 25, 2016 / 21 Av, 5776

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Former Mossad Chief Tamir Pardo Joins Board of ‘United Against Nuclear Iran’

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Former Mossad director Tamir Pardo is joining the board of directors of the American ‘United Against Nuclear Iran‘ organization, an international non-profit group intent on raising awareness about the dangers posed by the Iranian regime.

“The world’s leading powers should not ignore the clear dangers posed by the Iranian regime, which threaten the personal safety and freedom of people both inside the country’s borders and in the world at large,” Pardo said. “I am proud to join the board of this important organization.”

Members of the group include former heads of the CIA, U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman and a number of other senior officials from around the world.

The organization was founded in 2008 by U.S. Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, the late U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, former CIA director Jim Woolsey and Middle East expert Dennis Ross.

UANI operates at an international level, working to convince domestic and global corporations not to do business with Iran.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton also has joined the group, as has former Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski. Other members include former Spanish foreign minister Ana de Palacio, and former Australian defense minister Robert Hill.

Hana Levi Julian

Comprehensive Anti-BDS Campaign Launched at UN

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Over 1500 Anti-BDS activists bridged political, geographic, religious and generational divides to pack the UN General Assembly Hall for an anti-BDS summit hosted on Tuesday by Israel’s Mission to the UN. The event kicked off a larger initiative aimed at consolidating efforts to contend with the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement, fittingly entitled “Build Bridges, Not Boycotts”.

The day-long event grew out of a dawning realization that the State of Israel, world Jewish communities, and the numerous groups attempting to mount a response to BDS on their own, must join forces if inroads are to be made against the organization that has been attempting to pressure businesses, artists, and academics to blackball Israel for eleven years.

“YOU are the Iron Dome of the State of Israel,” Danon announced from the podium. “If we stand together, we can do this. One day you will tell your children – I was there when they stopped BDS.”

The call for unity was echoed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a pre-recorded message and reiterated by a roster of keynote and workshop speakers that included Israeli Supreme Court VP Justice Elyakim Rubenstein; World Jewish Congress president Ronald S. Lauder; ACLJ chief counsel Jay Sekulow; Son of Hamas author Mosab Hassan Yousef; CEO and vice president of World Jewish Congress Robert Singer and Soda Stream’s Daniel Birnbaum, as well as Frank Luntz; David Suissa; Emily Neilson-Winkler; David Sable; Alan Johnson of Bicom UK; actress Noa Tishby, and founder of Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, Bassam Eid.

“I’m here today to get informed”, said Flo, president of student government at Brooklyn College, “we’ve had some issues on campus”. The 22 year old related the divisive effect that BDS can have on university life, “We have students who get riled up, and students who feel unsafe”.

For many of the students present the highlight – and the hero – of the day was reggae artist Matisyahu. The Jewish American singer had his own run-in with BDS last summer when was abruptly uninvited from Spain’s Sun Splash music festival following his refusal to discuss his views on Israel. After an ensuing uproar where the World Jewish Congress reached out to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, the festival apologized, reinstated Matisyahu, and revealed that BDS strong-arming had been behind the decision to drop him.

When Matisyahu finally took the stage in Spain in front of a decidedly unwelcoming crowd, he belted out the song Jerusalem. The performer, who did an encore of Jerusalem at the UN on Tuesday, has since become a vocal anti-BDS activist.

“When you see someone like Matisyahu, who is so much bigger than you, and he’s standing up for what you believe in, it makes you feel like there’s someone behind you. You’re not alone”, said Rambam Mesifta student Naftali, at the UN for the day with friends from his Lawrence, New York high school.

Although so far the teens have so only encountered anti-Semitism on social media, they say are preparing for the day it will become face-to-face, which they consider all but inevitable. The boys are also fans of their host for the day. “I admire Ambassador Danon because he uses his power to take a stand and make a difference, instead of just having power for the sake of it”, explained Eli, another Rambam Mesifta student. Along with the rest of the participants, each of the friends left with a copy of A Guide for Combating Modern Day Anti-Semitism.

After a moving speech by Justice Rubenstein, who closed his remarks by proclaiming Am Yisroel Chai, several attendees were overheard expressing doubt that the BDS situation would ever improve. 62 year old New Yorker Sol was more optimistic. “Don’t give up, even miracles can happen,” he reminded those nearby.

As if to help Sol make his point, not 10 minutes later in the UN General Assembly – not normally the most embracing environment for Israel – 1500 voices could be heard singing the Israeli national anthem, HaTikva.

Stephanie Granot

Israel, Austria Celebrate 60 years of Diplomacy

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Austrian Ambassador to Israel Martin Weiss tweeted his thanks for an evening at the Israel Museum celebrating 60 years of Austrian-Israeli relations. The evening event featured a speech by Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, who began the week in Jerusalem, meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel Ambassador to Austria Talya Lador was present Sunday to greet the foreign minister upon his arrival in the country. For his part, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met this week with a group of young Austrians. “We really appreciate that you took the time!” tweeted Ambassador Weiss.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with a delegation of young Austrians.

Kurz took time Monday to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum, and spoke with Austrian Holocaust survivors in Jerusalem. He tied up the day by laying a wreath in a memorial ceremony at the Mount Herzl military ceremony in the capital.

Netanyahu and Kurz also met to sign a “working-holiday agreement” that provides easy access for the young to work in each others’ country,” Weiss said.

Kurz also met with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah during the day on Monday as well.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu’s Choice for Ambassador to Italy Withdraws

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Israeli-Italian journalist and former Member of Parliament Fiamma Nirenstein, now living in Jerusalem, who was appointed by Prime Minister Netanyahu as ambassador to Italy, has withdrawn her candidacy. Nirenstein issued a statement this week saying she had informed Netanyahu she no longer sought the position. “I thank the prime minister for the trust he put in me. I would like to express my readiness to continue to contribute to the State of Israel as best I can,” she wrote.

Israeli media suggested Nirenstein gave up on her prestigious appointment in response to negative views by the Jewish community of Rome, who feared that Nirenstein, who only two years ago had served as an Italian MP, would cause charges of dual loyalty. Rome Chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni said there may be problems, “Just read what’s already on the social networks about her dual citizenship.”

David Israel

Venezuelan Ambassador to the UN Apologizes to Ambassador Danny Danon

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Venezuelan Ambassador to the UN Rafael Ramirez expressed his apology to Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon following his comments last week at the UN Security Council where he asked if “Israel wants a final solution to the Palestinians?”

On Wednesday, Ramirez met with Edmund Mulet, the UN Secretary General’s chief of staff, and said he regretted his language and apologized to Danny Danon personally.

Rafael Ramirez compared Israel to the Nazis.

“What is Israel planning to do with the Palestinians?” asked Venezuela’s UN Ambassador Rafael Ramirez. “Do the Israelis want the Palestinians to disappear? Is Israel preparing a ‘final solution’ for the Palestinians similar to that which was perpetrated against them?”when he asked “Israel wants a final solution to the Palestinians?”

Shalom Bear

Ambassador Danny Danon Asks PA Ambassador to Condemn Terror

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

At a special UN session, Israeli Ambassador to the UN asked the PA ambassador to condemn terror attacks – which of course the PA ambassador could not and would not do.

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Egyptian Ambassador Returns To Israel After Three Year Withdrawal

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

By Alexander J. Apfel/TPS

President Reuven Rivlin received the credentials of the new Egyptian ambassador, Mr. Hazem Ahdy Khairat, on Wednesday, February 25.

The occasion marks a significant thaw in three years of icy diplomatic relations between Israel and Egypt. Relations became strained in November, 2012 when former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi recalled the previous ambassador, Atef Mohammed Salem, in protest over Israel’s incursion into Gaza in Operation Pillar of Defense.

Khairat, accompanied by his wife and the Egyptian consul general, submitted his credentials to the Israeli president during an official ceremony held at the President’s Residence on Wednesday morning.

“I receive ambassadors here at the President’s Residence from across the world. But this is a special and extremely important occasion to welcome an ambassador from our close and important neighbors,” Rivlin told Khairat.

Rivlin also expressed his desire to convey a message of friendship to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and to all the citizens of Egypt and described the peace agreement between the two countries as a shared priority.

“Egypt is the ‘Um el-Dunya’ – the mother of the world. Egypt plays an extremely significant role in our region in particular. We live in an extremely complex region. We have found a way to live with Egypt in peace and friendship. This is our message to the region and to the entire world,” Rivlin continued.

While acknowledging that the countries do not always agree on every issue, Rivlin emphasized the mutual respect with which the two countries “can build a future together.”

Ambassador Khairat informed the president of his desire to take responsibility for the improvement of the region while not explicitly mentioning Israel or its citizens. “It is our desire to take responsibility and use it for the good of the residents in the region and to ensure that we flourish and provide justice, hope, and equality.”

Rivlin concluded by wishing the new ambassador success in his new post: “I sincerely hope that you and your family will feel at home here.”

Israel and Egypt signed a peace agreement in 1979 and have since averted military conflicts. Nevertheless, former President Morsi’s decision to recall the ambassador was not without precedent. Morsi’s predecessor, President Hosni Mubarak, also had recalled the Egyptian ambassador to Israel on four separate occasions.

The ceremony also included the inauguration of new ambassadors from Japan, Malta, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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