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Arab Expats in Chile Hoping to Disrupt Relations with Israel

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Arabs in Chile are attempting to disrupt that nation’s relations with Israel, saying Jerusalem’s ambassador is hindering their efforts to “defend the Palestinian people.”

The Federacion Palestina de Chile claimed in an official complaint that accusations of incitement to violence by Israeli Ambassador Rafi Eldad were “slanderous” and tried to convince the government to expel him.

The organization, which represents Arab expats, officially demanded this week the Chilean government declare Eldad, Israel’s ambassador to Santiago, to be persona non grata.

In 2009, a bullet was fired into the car of then-Israeli Ambassador to Chile, David Dadon. The windshield of the vehicle was smashed, but no one was injured because the vehicle was not occupied at the time. Security was subsequently tightened.

Chile supported the unilateral move by the Palestinian Authority to evade its responsibilities to reach a final status agreement with Israel via direct negotiations under the Oslo Accords with an appeal instead to the global community for recognition as an independent sovereign nation.

In January 2011, Chile officially recognized the Palestinian Authority as a new Arab country, calling itself the “State of Palestine.” In response, a senior Israeli official told the AFP news agency at the time, “It is a useless and empty gesture because it will not change anything. The Chilean announcement, like those preceding it in Latin America, will not encourage the Palestinians to negotiate.”

There are a total of 10,000 to 16,000 Jews in Chile, most of whom live in the capital, Santiago. Israel and Chile exchanged ambassadors in the early 1950s, and have maintained diplomatic ties since that time.

Israel’s Ambassador to UN Ron Prosor ‘Glad to Come Home’

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Israel’s outgoing Ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to bid farewell this week to the world body in New York. The two men spoke about the Ambassador’s four-year tenure at the UN and the situation in Israel.

The Secretary-General expressed his deep appreciation for Prosor’s contribution and for their collaboration, and Prosor invited the Secretary-General to visit Israel again. On his Facebook page, Prosor continued: “Four years ago, when I arrived at our Mission to the UN, Israel was facing a challenging reality and was fighting in the battle on public opinion. Today, upon my return to Israel, our reality remains complicated.

“Throughout my time here at the UN, I have always said that I walk the halls of the United Nations standing tall and proud, knowing who I represent and what I represent, and I’m going home with this same feeling.

“I have confidence in the resilience of the people of Israel in the face of constant challenges, and I thank the government of Israel and its citizens for the privilege of representing you at the United Nations, an important arena that knows no rest.

“I’m leaving behind here in New York a dedicated and professional team and I know that they will continue doing an incredible job. I wish the incoming Ambassador, Danny Danon, the best of luck and strength to face any future battles, and may he mark many achievements.

“Today, as I complete my tenure as Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN, I have more faith than ever in the State of Israel and the people of Israel.

“And more than anything, I’m glad to come home.”

After 4 Years, Israel’s Cairo Embassy Reopens in Ambassador’s Home

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

(JNi.media) Israel has reopened its embassy in Cairo after four years of being shut, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s spokesman Ofir Gendelman announced on Wednesday. The original Israeli mission, in Giza, was stormed in 2011 by hundreds of anti-Israel protestors. Ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi then recalled his envoy in 2012, in protest of persistent Israeli refusal to allow rockets from Gaza to fall on its civilian population. In June 2015, post-Morsi Egypt appointed Hazem Khairat as its ambassador to Israel after the post had been vacant for nearly three years.

Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold attended the re-opening ceremony along with Israel’s ambassador to Cairo Haiem Koren.

In 2011, Turkmenistan refused to honor Koren’s credentials as Israel’s ambassador there, claiming he is a Mossad operative. The Turkmen Foreign Ministry informed then foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman that Koren’s resume indicates he spent three years as an instructor at the National Security College in Glilot, which they saw as proof that he was a Mossad spy, not a diplomat.

According to Yediot Aharonot, Koren’s residence, residence in the district of Maadi, in south Cairo, will be used as the headquarters of the Israeli Embassy until a new building is constructed to host the mission.

Kore is a former director of Israel’s Foreign Ministry Political Planning Division and the former Israeli ambassador to South Sudan. He is fluent in Arabic, including Sudanese dialects. He has worked with security officials in dealing with Sudanese refugees from Darfur.

Israel’s Cairo Embassy Officially Reopens for Business

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Four years after its abrupt closure in the face of a savage mob intent upon its destruction, Israel’s embassy in Cairo is again “open for business.”

The ceremony to re-dedicate the embassy this week was attended by Israeli foreign ministry director-general Dore Gold, together with Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Chaim Koren, although the office remains in Koren’s residence until an appropriate building can be found.

This past June, Hazem Khairat was appointed by Cairo to fill the post of Egyptian Ambassador to Israel. The previous ambassador was recalled by ousted Muslim Brotherhood-backed president Mohamed Morsi in 2012 as a protest over Israel’s defensive actions against Hamas. Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror group was formed by Egypt’s now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

“Under the leadership of Prime Minister [Binyamin] Netanyahu and President [Abdel Fattah] el-Sisi we have seen off threats and we are working with Egypt to achieve stability in the region,” Gold said at the event, according to Al Ahram.

Gold added that “Egypt will always remain the region’s biggest and most significant country.”

The deaths of six Egyptian border guards in a clash between Israeli security and Palestinian Arab terrorists near the Egyptian border, became the “cause” for the rioters who destroyed Israel’s Cairo embassy in September 2011, according to Al Ahram.

First Israeli Female Ambassador to Arab Nation Presents Credentials

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Einat Schlein made history this week when she (along with a number of envoys from other nations) presented her credentials Monday (Sept. 7) to King Abdullah II in Amman as Israel’s Ambassador to Jordan.

Schlein headed the international division of the foreign ministry’s diplomatic research center and is considered an expert in Middle East affairs.

She has been with the foreign ministry for 22 years, and began her career with a posting in Amman, followed by a stint at the Israeli embassy in Washington D.C.

Schlein, who was appointed to the post in September 2014, is the first woman ever to serve as an Israeli ambassador to an Arab nation.

Israel has increased its female diplomatic corps in general. Out of 12 new Israeli ambassadorial appointments this year, seven women were posted to France, Romania, Bulgaria, Belgium, Cyprus and China.

Sclein is not, however, the first woman to actually serve in the function of an Israeli “envoy” to Jordan. The late prime minister Golda Meir was known to have made several secret trips to the Hashemite Kingdom for highly classified discussions with the great-grandfather of the current monarch.

Schlein was also not the only woman to present her credentials in Amman: Birgitta Siefker-Eberle from Germany was also present to do the same, along with a number of men from various countries.

Netanyahu Spokesman Officially Appointed Ambassador to England

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Mark Regev, spokesman for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, was formally appointed as the next Israel Ambassador to the UK on Tuesday. The announcement followed a meeting of the Foreign Ministry’s appointments committee on Monday.

A past deputy chief of mission at the Israeli Embassy in Hong Kong, Regev also served as spokesman at the Israel Embassies in Washington DC, and in Beijing. He served as the chief spokesman for the foreign ministry upon his return from Washington, DC in 2004.

Regev immigrated to Israel from Australia in 1982 and has worked at the Foreign Ministry since 1990, but transferred to the Prime Minister’s Office on “loan” in 2007. He began serving as a prime ministerial spokesman with former PM Ehud Olmert, remaining at the post when Netanyahu entered the office in 2009.

The appointment now goes for final, formal approval to the full cabinet.

‘US and Iranian Cartoon Doves’ Shown Defecating on Bibi by Swiss Amb to Iran

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Guilio Haas is the Swiss Ambassador to Iran.

Switzerland has been in a great hurry to get the other nations of the world to join it in treating Iran as if it is an upstanding member of the world community. The Swiss began lifting sanctions on Iran earlier this month.

In accordance with this position, Ambassador Haas revealed Switzerland’s true progressive nature at a meeting attended by hundreds of Swiss and Iranian businesspeople at a Zurich hotel on Thursday, Aug. 27.

Haas was encouraging the businesspeople to invest in Iran, referring to the world’s greatest sponsor of terrorism as a “pole of stability in the Middle East,” and that in his two years in Iran, while he has seen gray-haired men in turbans, “there aren’t a lot of them” and that Western perceptions of Iran as a belligerent nation was about to change as soon as sanctions are lifted. This is what the World Tribune reported about the event.

What the World Tribune did not report was that as part of his effort to encourage the businesspeople to invest in Iran, the Swiss Ambassador projected a cartoon on a huge screen. The cartoon was titled “Iran: now or never.”

That cartoon showed two doves defecating on the head of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On the chest of one of the doves defecating on Netanyahu is an American flag and on the other the Iranian flag.

Read those two sentences again.

So, you may ask, if the World Tribune article did not mention the cartoon, maybe it is not true?

A reasonable thought, but dashed by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs acknowledgement of the incident.

Reuters reported that the FDFA said the “questionable cartoon” was used, BY THE AMBASSADOR OF SWITZERLAND HIMSELF, without its knowledge and “regrets the use of the cartoon and considers it tasteless.”

“Questionable”? As in some might find it acceptable? “Tasteless”? As in simply in poor taste, but the meaning behind it is acceptable?

According to the Reuters report, the cartoon was intended to portray Israel as the sole holdout against the Nuclear Iran Deal, and the doves, Iran and the U.S. are the lovers of peace.

The FDFA said that “Ambassador Haas did not intend to insult anybody with the cartoon,” Reuters reported. “If that is the case,’ – meaning, if there is someone out there who could possibly be insulted by this – “however, he regrets it and seeks the pardon of everyone who could have felt insulted.”

The businessmen present were not all persuaded by Haas’s blinding diplomacy. Some grumbled that the “level of corruption” IN IRAN was still “unbelievable.” Imagine that.

UPDATE: According to the website of the Swiss Embassy in Iran, Switzerland represents the U.S. in Iran because the U.S. does not currently, officially, have diplomatic relations with Iran. As Ambassador Haas explains in his welcome message:

In the absence of diplomatic or consular relations of the United States of America with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Swiss government, acting through its Embassy in Tehran, serves as the Protecting Power of the USA in Iran since 21 May 1980. The Swiss Embassy’s Foreign Interests Section provides consular services to U.S. citizens living in or travelling to Iran.

Think anyone at the White House or State Dept. press briefings will ask the spokespeople about this?

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