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August 30, 2016 / 26 Av, 5776

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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

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.

Hana Levi Julian

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.”

Hana Levi Julian

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.

JNi.Media

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.

Hana Levi Julian

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