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La Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie Israël-France a le plaisir de vous faire part des événements qui auront lieu la semaine du 27 au 31 octobre. 
  • Maurice Levy. "Le monde de la publicité à l'ère digitale".

    Événement organisé par l'Université de Tel-Aviv, le dimanche 27 octobre 2013, à 16h30, à l'Université de Tel-Aviv, Amphithéâtre Lion, Bâtiment Recanati.

    Le speaker principal Maurice Levy est le Président de Publicis.  Meir Brand (CEO Google Israël),  Ari Melamud (CEO Publicis Israël) et Itzik Saig feront partie du panel d'experts. Invitation en pièce-jointe.

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President Peres' Speech at the State Memorial Ceremony for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin marking 18 years since his murder

Yitzhak Rabin led the country in the battle for resurrection and the fight for its survival, and was at the forefront of the effort to bring about peace. The hills of Jerusalem and the surrounding neighborhoods, the road to the city and the convoys from the War of Independence are signed in the blood of the "Harel" fighters and Yitzhak was their first commander. The soldiers followed him on the most difficult and most dangerous missions, and gave their lives to save Jerusalem from blockade and from isolation from the State of Israel. Yitzhak Rabin, born in Jerusalem, a fighter for Jerusalem and the unifier of Jerusalem. He lays in rest here in Jerusalem's soil alongside his wife Leah. He survived the flames of war but was exposed to the gun of the murderer who pulled the trigger, shot in the back. His crime will never be forgiven.

He never ceased his search for the path to peace. Yitzhak understood the necessity of peace for Israel with our Palestinian neighbors. He achieved peace with Jordan. "Peace is made with enemies" he used to say. Peace is made with enemies for ourselves, to escape the heavy price we already pay today for hostilities and which could become even more costly in the future. And to protect the Jewish character of the State of Israel. We must remember that enemies also need peace. They also pay the price.

I know that achieving peace requires the thorough public debate that is proper in a democratic country. But it must have limits – of respect for those with differing views, of restraint and of maintain the law. Today there are peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians and I welcome that. All negotiations start from disagreement with the aim of reaching an agreement. The Two State Solution will maintain Israel's moral character and its future as a Jewish democratic state. Those who delude themselves that the status quo between us and the Palestinians will continue may become a victim of their delusions. Leaders are tested by the goals they set for the nation, by finding ways to achieve those goals even when reality seems imposing. Yitzhak Rabin understood this and had the courage to take hold of history and shape its direction. Rabin was assassinated but the need to take the historical decision remains. Yitzhak believed that peace requires security and security was needed for our peace. The peace process is not a luxury. It is difficult and often heartbreaking. Until the last moment of his life he hoped that we could complete the process. He knew that the path to peace was not yet paved but that those who were willing to walk it anyway would pave the way.

The Oslo Accords opened the door to peace and laid the foundations for a future agreement between us and the Palestinians. And the entire Arab world. The agreement changed us from those being led to initiators. To creators of a new reality with wise caution. It took us out of a situation of a lack of options. To a reality of options. And it enlisted the world to take part in the cost of the peace process, billions of dollars, and reduced the economic cost on the people of Israel needed to responsibly care for the daily life of Palestinians. The Oslo Accords allowed Israel to show the world that Israel has no intention to rule over another people. They released Israel from the moral burden of ruling another people. The Oslo process allowed for the signing of a peace treaty with Jordan. The peace with Jordan proved that there can be relations between the Arab world and Israel. Tourism flourished. Exports grew and investment in Israel increased dramatically. Israel became closer to other nations. Every Israeli government adopted those agreements. They didn't suggest an alternative. It is doubtful whether one exists.

The unity of the Jewish people depends upon peace and democracy. And its fate depends on the existence of a Jewish state. In today's world lone murderers operate to destroy whole systems. Small organizations try to destabilize whole countries. They are a danger to the country. Yitzhak Rabin's murder was the epitome, the worst of these actions. If we do not root out this phenomena at its core, dangerous and poisonous plants may grow in the future. Yitzhak's murdered desecrated the commandment of the Torah, "Thou Shall Not Murder." There is no Jew who can wipe out the words of the Ten Commandments. There is no one who may forgive Yitzhak's murderer for that. The Memorial Day for Yitzhak Rabin should be dedicated to his legacy and to his way as well as to his memory. 18 years have passed. Babies born then are soldiers in the IDF today. The young generation must know that Yitzhak's dream is yet to be fulfilled. We must not rest on our laurels, certainly not before we have peace and social justice. Yitzhak's personality and his legacy illuminate the way for soldiers and civilians.

Let me conclude with the words I said 18 years ago while standing by his grave, "You resembled no one; nor did you seek to emulate anyone. You were not one of the "joyous and merry". You were one who made great demands – first of yourself and therefore also of others. You refused to accept failures, and you were not intimidated by pinnacles. You knew every detail, and you grasped the overall picture. You shaped the details one by one to form great steps, great decisions." May the memory of Yitzhak and Leah Rabin be forever saved in the memory of our nation in this generation and generations to come.

Photo Mark Neuman  / GPO

 

 

 

 


Following is an excerpt from remarks that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made, today (Sunday, 15 September 2013), at Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem, at the state memorial ceremony marking 40 years since the Yom Kippur War:



"We hope that the understandings that have been achieved between the US and Russia regarding Syria's chemical weapons will show results, and indeed, these understandings will be tested by results – the full destruction of the stocks of chemical weapons that the Syrian regime has used against its own people. The test of results also applies to the international community's diplomatic efforts to stop Iran from arming itself with nuclear weapons. Here as well, it is not words that will be decisive, but rather actions and results. In any case, Israel must be prepared and ready to defend itself by itself against any threat. Today, this ability and this willingness are more important than ever."

(September 23, 2013 -Jerusalem) Yad Vashem has posthumously recognized Gino Bartali from Italy as Righteous Among the Nations.  Bartali was a champion cyclist and a and beloved public figure. During the German occupation of Italy (beginning in September 1943), Bartali, a devout Catholic, was part of a rescue networkspearheaded by Rabbi Nathan Cassuto of Florence together with the Archbishop of Florence Cardinal Elia Angelo Dalla Costa (previously recognized as Righteous Among the Nations). This Jewish-Christian network, set up following the German occupation of Italyand the onset of deportation of Jews, saved hundreds of local Jews and Jewish refugees from territories which had previously been under Italian control, mostly in France and Yugoslavia.

 

Gino Bartali acted as a courier for the network, secretingforged documents and papers in hisbicycle and transporting them between cities, all under the guise of training. Knowingly risking his life to rescue Jews, Bartali transferred falsified documents to various contacts, among them Rabbi Cassuto.

A ceremony will be held in Italy at a date to be determined.

 

Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, was established in 1953. Located in Jerusalem, it is dedicated to Holocaust remembrance, documentation, research and education.

www.yadvashem.org


President Shimon Peres, today (Thursday, 12 September 2013), and the advisory committee for the Presidential Medal of Distinction, announced the names of the latest recipients of the award which is conferred upon private individuals and organizations that have made unique and outstanding contributions to Tikkun Olam (Bettering the World), Israeli society and the State of Israel's image around the world, and which constitute examples of initiative, innovation, creativity and vision.



Among the recipients is world famous Hollywood film director Steven Spielberg who is being awarded the medal for his contribution to cinema over the past 50 years and specifically his unique contribution to the memory of the Holocaust, to the State of Israel, to the Jewish people and Tikkun Olam. Spielberg has made a series of important historical films and has been central to the shaping of the Jewish and American ethos. Most famously he directed the Oscar Winning, Schindler's List, one of the most important films in the history of cinema. Also among the recipients is Professor Elie Wiesel who is one of the world's top Jewish writers and intellectuals, a Holocaust survivor who for decades has worked to keep alive the memory of the Holocaust across the world and is the leading figure in the United States of America on the subject. He has published over 40 books and has been awarded a host of literature prizes. In 1986 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work.



The other recipients are Brig. Gen (res.) Avigdor Kahalani who is receiving the award 40 years after fighting in the Yom Kippur War (for which he later received the Medal of Valor) for his leadership and lifelong contribution to Israel's security. Rabbi Elimelech Firer who, with no formal medical traiing, created a unique medical network which today serves as a central focal point for those requiring medical assistance and consultation. Dr. Zvi (Harry) Tabor who moved to Israel as a young scientist, created the National Physical Laboratory of Israel and played a prominent role in Israel's solar energy program. Avi Naor who is the founder, Chairman and driving force of Or Yarok (the association for safer driving in Israel), an organization he founded following the death of his son in a traffic accident.





Background Information on the Presidential Medal of Distinction:



The Presidential Medal of Distinction is awarded to private individuals and organizations that have made unique and outstanding contributions to Tikkun Olam (Bettering the World), Israeli society and the State of Israel's image around the world, and which constitute examples of initiative, innovation, creativity and vision.  The medals themselves feature the North Star to symbolize the right path and a menorah, the symbol of Israel and the continuous link between past and present. The medal is crowned with the words from Samuel 9:2 "from his shoulders and upward." The Presidential Medal of Distinction is comparable to the "Legion of Honor" (France) or the "Order of Canada."



Previous winners of the award include President Obama, former President Clinton, former Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, the Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Zubin Mehta, The Rashi Foundation and Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz. The advisory committee for the Presidential Medal of Distinction includes retired Supreme Court President Meir Shamgar, former President Yitzhak Navon, Professor Suzie Navot, Dr. Mohammed Issawi, Rabbi Dr. Ratzon Arusi, Gil Shwed and Professor Anita Shapira.