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May 26, 2016 / 18 Iyar, 5776

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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Fiamma Nirenstein, now living in Jerusalem, who was appointed by Prime Minister Netanyahu as ambassador to Italy, has withdrawn her candidacy.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

US Envoy Admits Timing ‘Not Ideal’ in Criticism of Israel

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Timing is everything – as diplomats are supposed to know. U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro admitted Monday in an interview on Galei Tzahal Army Radio that his timing was off last week when he criticized Israeli policy.

Shapiro’s diplomatic assault came on the same day two young Israeli mothers were stabbed – one murdered – in attacks by teenage Arab terrorists from the Palestinian Authority.

The envoy from Washington told the Institute for National Security Studies that day the Israeli government has two legal standards – one for Israeli citizens and the other for PA Arabs.

“I understand my timing was not ideal,” Shapiro told Army Radio on Monday (Jan. 25).

He made the statements on the day Daphna Meir, a 39-year-old mother of six, was laid to rest after being stabbed to death in her own home by a 16-year-old Arab from a nearby village. Three of her children arrived just in time to see the terrorist trying unsuccessfully to pull his bloodied knife out of their mother’s body. Her oldest daughter’s screams drove him to flee.

“I began with condemnations of the terror attacks in Otniel and Tekoa. There were only one or two controversial sentences, and if it hurt the Meir family or those mourning [Daphna], or course I regret that.”

That same day, a 30-year-old pregnant woman was stabbed in the shoulder and the lung by in the eastern Gush Etzion community of Tekoa. Michal Froman is the daughter-in-law of the late rabbi of the town, who was known for his emphasis on need for coexistence with their Arab neighbors. She, too, supports that view and is unwilling to blame her teenage Arab attacker, having told media he appeared “confused… lost.” Froman told media from her bed in the hospital that she and her husband will continue her father-in-law’s work.

As for his charge that Israel holds a legal double standard, Shapiro maintained he praised the government for its arrests and convictions in the Duma case.

Israel carried out a mammoth sweep of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, arresting dozens of hilltop youth and holding them under administrative detention. Several later charged they were tortured by Shin Bet operatives in order to extract “confessions.”

Months later, one adult and a minor were allegedly indicted in connection with the case but most of the details still remain under a strict gag order.

“We encourage Israel to continue all investigations of different violent incidents, because it’s very important to show commitment to the rule of law,” he said.

Shapiro admitted that the prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority – at least in the form of the much-vaunted “two-state solution” are fast fading.

He did not mention the fact that since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu entered office in 2009, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas spent a grand total of six hours in direct talks with Israel’s leader – despite his rants about wanting to work out their differences.

“We are in a period when there may not be negotiations in the near future,” he said, “so we are trying to find steps on both sides to advance peace and security for Israel and Palestinians alike, and to preserve the possibility of two states.”

Hana Levi Julian

Labeling People More Dangerous Than Labeling Products, Says Former Yesha Head

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

By Alexander J. Apfel/TPS

The Brazilian government has temporarily stonewalled Israel’s nomination of former Head of the Judea and Samaria Council, Danny Dayan for the position of Israeli ambassador to the Brazil.

The political dispute had already been underway for several weeks but drew greater attention as Brazilian politicians began fiercely voicing their objection. Member of the Brazilian parliament, Carlos Morran, publicly denounced the move saying that to accept Dayan’s nomination would be akin to accepting a commander of a concentration camp.

“Israel nominated as ambassador to Brazil the leader of the settler movement. This is the same kind of thing as if Germany were to send an ambassador to Brazil who was a commander of a concentration camp,” Morran said.

The political debacle was largely kept under wraps until Dayan took the matter to the press in order to clarify that the issue had arisen not as a unilateral step undertaken by the Brazilian government, but as the result of an assault launched by the BDS.

“There is a slight misconception here. People think that it is a unilateral step taken by the Brazilian president. But this is a classic BDS move and Saeb Barakat is seeking to thwart my nomination,” Dayan said.

Adding that he did not take the rejection as a personal affront, Dayan stated that he was concerned for the precedent it set in relation to future potential nominees who live in Judea and Samaria communities.

“I am afraid that the question now is whether the next resident of the communities who is thought to be an appropriate candidate for a diplomatic position will be eligible to stand or if we will now agree to the idea that 700,000 Israelis will automatically be disqualified.”

Dayan further compared the rejection to the EU’s recent decision to label Israeli products which originate from Judea and Samaria. “We have to decide what to do. I believe that just as Israel responded angrily to the labelling of products, we also have to respond to the labelling people because labelling people is even more dangerous than products,” Dayan warned.

In response to the rejection, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be meeting with Foreign Minister Director-General, Dore Gold to discuss the most appropriate course of action.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

In Jerusalem, a Show of Unity at a Time of Crisis

Friday, November 20th, 2015

The impeccably dressed men and women didn’t look like they belonged in Israel. They strolled in promptly at 8am and quietly sipped tea or coffee while chatting politely in languages like Danish and Nepalese But in fact, not only do they belong here, they are some of Israel’s most distinguished residents, albeit temporarily. 

Some 400 Ambassadors and Military Attaches, nearly Israel’s entire diplomatic community, gathered at the Jerusalem Waldorf Astoria last Wednesday for the Fourth Annual Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference. A stellar list of Israeli Statesmen, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, had been lined up by Jeruslaem Post Editor-in-Chief (and MC for the day) Steve Linde, to address the diplomats on urgent issues facing Israel today. “The aim of the conference is to present Israel’s case from a variety of perspectives”, explained Linde in the days leading up to the event, “to strengthen public relations between the State of Israel and the diplomats who reside here, and through them, hopefully with their countries as well.”

“The diplomatic community looks forward to this event every year, it instills a sense of unity among the diplomats and between them and the Israelis too, but since the start of the ‘situation’ it’s almost all people talk about. They feel a sense of unity with Israeli people and are very concerned”, said Ambassador Yitzchak Eldan, President of the Ambassador’s Club of Israel, referencing the recent spate of terror attacks in Israel, “This is a real chance to explain things from the Israeli point of view and our diplomats are eager to listen.”

Ambassador Esteban Penrod Padilla of Costa Rica speaking with Mr. Ashley Perry, President of Reconectar, at the JPost Diplomat Conference.

Ambassador Esteban Penrod Padilla of Costa Rica speaking with Mr. Ashley Perry, President of Reconectar, at the JPost Diplomat Conference. Photo by JewishPress.com.

A worthwhile objective under any circumstances, but especially timely at the moment. With almost daily terror attacks being perpetrated against Israelis, and the world still stunned by the horror that unfolded in Paris last week, there was a sense of solidarity in the room that was palpable even before people found their seats. That was fortunate, as the solidarity theme took a hit off the bat with the first speaker of the day, opposition leader Isaac Herzog, took the mike and promised to do everything in his power to topple the government, as fast as possible.

Solidarity got its mojo back later in the morning, when Prime Minister Netanyahu climbed on the stage shoulder to shoulder with a tall, dark, handsome man who looked like he hadn’t slept for a week. His name didn’t appear in the original program because until last Friday, Ambassador Patrick Maisonnave of Paris was supposed to be an audience member.

A moment of silence observed in memory of the French victims. At its conclusion Netanyahu said, “In Jerusalem, today, we stand with the people of Paris”.

“Terrorism is terrorism”, said Ambasador Maisonnave, “Not only when it affects us on such a horrendous scale, also when it hits Israel. And let me take this opportunity to have a thought for all the victims of the last few weeks, their beloved ones and the injured.”

The Energy Panel

The Energy Panel. Photo by Stephanie Granot.

The conference included a panel discussion exploring Israel’s natural gas market, and speeches by Israel Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s striking new Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Israel Air Force Commander Major-General Amir Eshel, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel B. Shapiro, and an emotional debate between Senior Jerusalem Post Reporter Caroline B. Glick and the Ambassador of the European Union Lars Faaborg-Andersen over the European Union’s recent decision to label products made by Jews in certain parts of Israel.

Off to the side, Ambassador Dan Shapiro exchanged some banter with JewishPress.com Editor-in-Chief Stephen Leavitt.

Perhaps Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO of the Jerusalem Post Group, put it best:

“During these difficult days, when Israel is combating murderous terrorism, it’s inconceivable for it also to have to fight for its place in the world and against efforts to enforce an economic and diplomatic boycott against it. An event such as this carries immense importance for public diplomacy.”

Stephanie Granot

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