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MP Corina Eichenberger-Walther at the Knesset, 11.02.16

The Swiss-Israel Friendship Association, headed by MP Corina Eichenberger-Walther (Liberal Party), visited the Knesset on Wednesday and conducted several meetings with Israeli lawmakers, including members of the Israel-Switzerland Parliamentary Friendship Group, headed by MK David Amsalem (Likud).

The Swiss MP also met with MK Avraham Neguise (Likud) and the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman, MK Avi Dichter (Likud).

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MP Eichenberger-Walther is the head of a European association for fighting BDS, and emphasized during her meetings that she is ceaselessly working to improve relations between Switzerland and Israel.

MK Amsalem noted that Israelis from the entire political spectrum often feel as though the attitude toward Israel around the world, especially in Europe, is unfair and unjustified. Amsalem pointed as an example to the latest resolution passed by UNESCO regarding the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and the holy sites.

Eichenberger-Walther called the UNESCO decision “absurd” and said it “undermines the organization’s credibility.”

During the meeting with Knesset Deputy Speaker MK Yehiel Hilik Bar (Zionist Camp), the Swiss delegation members expressed their concerns regarding the year 2017, when the PA and their BDS supporters are expected to launch a propaganda campaign against Israel, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War.

MK Bar responded, “It is good to see once again that Israel has many friends around the world, some in influential positions. The challenge Israel faces is to recruit all of our supporters for a joint active initiative.”

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