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President Peres on the importance of the US in the peace talks:

"The US supports us both diplomatically and in terms of security – we should not be embarrassed to say thank you."

The President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, opened the Sixth Annual Negev Conference this morning in Sderot along with Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Minister Silvan Shalom. President Peres said in his remarks, "I am pleased to see the government doing all it can to continue the negotiations so as the process does not collapse. I am also pleased that the US is supporting us in these talks. We are fortunate to have the alliance with the US – we should not be embarrassed to say thank you to the US for the diplomatic and security support it has and continues to offer us. We are not an isolated nation, we never were. We are a nation that seeks peace."

President Peres addressed the disagreements with the Palestinians and said, "The Palestinians are not satisfied with us and we are not satisfied with them but neither of us are satisfied with terror and war. We should all we can to be strong in security and advanced in science, I believe it is our interest to achieve full peace with the Palestinians and not to hesitate. We must base that peace upon two pillars – diplomacy and security."

President Peres also addressed relations with Egypt and said, "Israel has a major interest in seeing Egypt overcome her present difficulties. Both Israel and Egypt will struggle to guarantee peace and security, on both sides of the fence, without ongoing cooperation. There are a number of difficulties on this front, first and foremost Gaza and Sinai which have become focal points of terror. We cannot allow the Negev to become an arena for smugglers and terrorists, and so we have an interest in seeing Egypt strong and whole, and to continue to cooperate both in terms of security and diplomacy."

Addressing the complex relations in the Middle East President Peres stressed once against the importance of relations between Israel and Jordan, "Relations between Israel and Jordan were developed by all the governments." With respect to the incident at the Allenby Bridge in March President Peres added, "We still do not know for certain what happened, the incident is being investigated. Jordan is a pragmatic partner and a country that invests heavily in education, the benefits of which can be seen. King Abdullah has major achievements in this field."

President Peres on the importance of the US in the peace talks:

"The US supports us both diplomatically and in terms of security – we should not be embarrassed to say thank you."

The President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, opened the Sixth Annual Negev Conference this morning in Sderot along with Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Minister Silvan Shalom. President Peres said in his remarks, "I am pleased to see the government doing all it can to continue the negotiations so as the process does not collapse. I am also pleased that the US is supporting us in these talks. We are fortunate to have the alliance with the US – we should not be embarrassed to say thank you to the US for the diplomatic and security support it has and continues to offer us. We are not an isolated nation, we never were. We are a nation that seeks peace."

President Peres addressed the disagreements with the Palestinians and said, "The Palestinians are not satisfied with us and we are not satisfied with them but neither of us are satisfied with terror and war. We should all we can to be strong in security and advanced in science, I believe it is our interest to achieve full peace with the Palestinians and not to hesitate. We must base that peace upon two pillars – diplomacy and security."

President Peres also addressed relations with Egypt and said, "Israel has a major interest in seeing Egypt overcome her present difficulties. Both Israel and Egypt will struggle to guarantee peace and security, on both sides of the fence, without ongoing cooperation. There are a number of difficulties on this front, first and foremost Gaza and Sinai which have become focal points of terror. We cannot allow the Negev to become an arena for smugglers and terrorists, and so we have an interest in seeing Egypt strong and whole, and to continue to cooperate both in terms of security and diplomacy."

Addressing the complex relations in the Middle East President Peres stressed once against the importance of relations between Israel and Jordan, "Relations between Israel and Jordan were developed by all the governments." With respect to the incident at the Allenby Bridge in March President Peres added, "We still do not know for certain what happened, the incident is being investigated. Jordan is a pragmatic partner and a country that invests heavily in education, the benefits of which can be seen. King Abdullah has major achievements in this field."

 

Photo Office of the President  / GPO

 

 

 

 

 

The GINDI TLV FASHION WEEK 2014 took place in the TLV Fashion Mall on 10-12 of March 2014, in similar style to the world’s leading fashion exhibitions. The TLV Fashion Mall belongs to the companies that promote and own the FASHION WEEK: Gindi Investments, Moshe and Yigal Gindi, Blue Square Properties and fashion designer Moti Reif.

 

GINDI TLV FASHION WEEK 2014 is supported by such public bodies as the Israel Export Institute, the Manufacturers Association of Israel, the Ministry of Tourism and Tel Aviv Municipality.

The FASHION WEEK included most of leading Israeli fashion designers, who presented their fall and winter 2014-2015 collections and their summer 2014 collections, to the leaders of Israel’s fashion industry and buyers. For the first time, the FASHION WEEK also included global commercial buyers who were exposed to these collections in order to promote the expansion of Israeli fashion to the international market.

 

 

The event took place in a large tent especially designed and built for the occasion. The location will serve as the future Gindi Fashion Commercial Center, to be inaugurated a year from now, where the former Tel Aviv central market was once located.

The event, produced by Motti Reif with great style and taste, highlighted the new 2014-15 collections of the leading Israeli haute couture designers and professionals. The 3-day event included exotic models and artists; public response to the glamorous display was enormous and appreciative. A win-win opportunity for fashionistas and for buyers.

 

 

Among the designers presenting their collections were: Tamara Salem, Alembika, Daniella Lehavi, Sasson Kedem, Ronen Chen, Lee Grebenau, Dorin Frankfurt Raziela, Shai Shalom, Tovale, Yaron Minkowski and Gideon and Karen Oberson. Other collections were presented by the AMOR fashion chain and young designers from the Shenkar Academy of Engineering and Design.

 

The program began with Tamara Salem and the spectacular exhibition of the ONCE trademark. Tamara Salem, following a successful 20-year TV and radio career, studied design and opened a studio. This was her first exhibit. Another outstanding exhibit was that of the Italian fashion company MISSONI, represented by the AMOR fashion chain, which presented the 2014 Spring-Summer collection, and was honored with the presence of the Missoni family from Italy, and of Franca Sozzani, editor in chief of the Italian edition of Vogue magazine. The international star Noa Tishbi led the exhibit, which included some of the finest models. Another collection was that of the designer and actress Dorit Bar Or, “BAR DODO O”, inspired by 9th-century Islamic art, based on geometric and stylized figures.

 

The young designers presented their Upcoming Designers exhibit, in cooperation with the Israel Industry Association and ADIKA, Israel's leading fashion shopping website.

 

Nine young designers competed for the title of "Israel's Next Designer"; the winner was Rima Romano, who was also awarded a special scholarship from ADIKA. Among the judges were: Ilaria Norsa, fashion editor of Italian magazine Grazia, Teresa Missoni, daughter of Angela Missoni, the main designer of the Italian MISSONI fashion house, Valentina Micchetti, president of a leading public relations company in Milan, Marcelo Burlon, international DJ and fashion designer, Shoshana Ben Zur, top fashion designer and one of the founders of ADIKA, and Adi Ronen, her partner.

 

Photos Silvia G. Golan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queen Esther and Purim: Female leadership in Jewish national history

Dear Friends,

International Women's Day was held in the week before we celebrate the joyous Festival of Purim. The incidental calendar link between the two events is quite appropriate, because at the center of Purim is the celebration of a woman, the legendary heroine Queen Esther who saved the Children of Israel from genocide planned by the evil Haman.

The Bible recognizes many attributes and qualities of Esther. She combines "classic" and much-appreciated feminine attributes - great beauty, sensuality - with other qualities and virtues generally denied to women in ancient times: Esther was brave and intelligent; a genuinely sophisticated strategist who subtly persuades her husband King Achashverosh by transforming the actual danger his Grand Vizier Haman poses to their whole Persian Empire into a personal and intimate threat to the King himself.

In ancient societies and cultures, courage was generally associated exclusively with men. In the Biblical account, Esther is the person who places her own life in danger for her People, builds the plan of salvation and implements it, at least during its first phase. Judaism's recognition of her action is so large that the book of the Bible which narrates the salvation of the Jews in the vast Persian Empire[*] bears her name The Book of Esther, usually known as Megillat Esther ("The Scroll of Esther"), read in synagogues during Maariv and Shacharit prayers on Purim from manuscript scrolls that resemble actual Torah scrolls.

In an era in which Gender Studies are so popular in Western academia, it is appropriate to celebrate the millenniums-old traditional recognition of women in our Jewish sources. It is not just that women have been important personalities in our foundational books, from the Matriarchs (Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel and Leah) to Miriam in the Torah, or Yael and Hannah in the Books of the Prophets.  It is much more "revolutionary" when qualities typically attributed to male personalities are also recognized in women leaders,  such as courage and strategic thinking. We know well the courage of Yehoshua, Shimshon and King David, and the analytical thinking and leadership of Moshe, Shlomo and Ezra. The Bible reminds us that even 2,500 years ago, our People also venerates people like warrior priestess Devorah, the Prophetess Chuldah, and of course, our heroine, the central figure in the happiest Celebration in the Hebrew Calendar, Esther.

When we dress up, cheer as we listen to the reading of the Megillah and celebrate another joyous Purim this year, let us remember that the history of the Jewish Nation was forged by the actions of women and men who secured our future as a People; their legacy is that we are a nation restored, living today in our National Home.

May we meet in joy, in delight, in celebration, appreciating this glorious present in which we are blessed to live as a rebuilt Nation.

Let's all enjoy this Purim. We have much to celebrate!

With best wishes,

Chag Purim Sameach!

 

Chazak ve'ematz!

 

Rabbi Carlos A. Tapiero

Deputy Director-General & Director of Education

Maccabi World Union

 

Photo  MWU

 

 

 The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron,  visited Yad Vashem on March 12, 2014.   He was accompanied by Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev. The Prime Minister  visited the Hall of Names and the Museum of Holocaust Artparticipated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, and visited the Children’s Memorial.  At the conclusion of the visit, Mr. Shalev presented the Prime Minister  the book, “Postcards to a Little Boy” telling the Kindertransport story of Henry Foner, who was sent to England from Germany when he was six.  Foner, now a resident of Jerusalem, was present.  

The Prime Minister visited Yad Vashem in 2007 as well.

During his visit to Yad Vashem , the Prime Minister  meet with members of the Holocaust Commission he formed in 2013.  Commissioners Mick Davis, Dame Helen Hyde DBE, Sir Peter Bazalgette, Natasha Kaplinsky, and Ben Helfgott MBE, are at Yad Vashem for study and discussions related to Holocaust education, commemoration and documentation during which they  meet with experts from Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies, visited the Archives and heared about developments in research and the use of new media and the internet.  

During the Commissioners’ visit to Yad Vashem, a joint letter of intentbetween Yad Vashem and UK Holocaust centers, such as the Imperial War Museum, the Wiener Library for the study of the Holocaust and Genocide and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust,  signed by Mick Davis, Chair, Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission, British Ambassador Matthew Gouldand Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev.  The agreement, endorsed by the British Government, calls for greater cooperation between Yad Vashem and the British organizations, including seminars for educators at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies and bringing Yad Vashem educators to universities in the United Kingdom, research exchanges, joint academic workshops and fellowships.  

Photo Jorge Novominsky

Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev, Prime Minister David Cameron and Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott visit the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem.

 

 

 
3-5-2014



MOUNTAIN VIEW- Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today signed a broad agreement to develop joint projects and conduct mutually beneficial research in California and Israel.

"Through this agreement, California and Israel will build on their respective strengths in research and technology to confront critical problems we both face, such as water scarcity, cybersecurity and climate change," said Governor Brown.

The agreement will boost economic, cultural and academic cooperation between California and Israel, with an emphasis on water conservation, alternative energy, cybersecurity, health and biotechnology, education and agricultural technology.

The agreement will also enable Israeli companies to access California's Innovation Hubs (iHUB), an innovation network that includes 16 clusters of research parks, technology incubators, universities and federal laboratories, together with economic development organizations, business groups and venture capital funds.

Photo captions can be found below:

1.) Governor Brown (left) and Prime Minister Netanyahu (right) sign memorandum of understanding. Photo Credit: Justin Short, Office of the Governor.

2.) Governor Brown delivers remarks at meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu (left). Photo Credit: Justin Short, Office of the Governor. 

3.) Governor Brown (left) and Prime Minister Netanyahu (right) sign memorandum of understanding. Photo Credit: Justin Short, Office of the Governor.

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The agreement, signed today, is copied below:

Memorandum of Understanding On the Establishment of a Strategic Partnership for Joint Innovation, Exchanges and Cooperation Between The Government of the State of California, United States of America And The Government of the State of Israel

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA (hereinafter "the Participants") RECOGNIZE THAT:

WHEREAS, two-way trade between Israel and California totaled over $4 billion in 2013 - one of the largest two-way trade relationships between Israel and a U.S. State; and

WHEREAS, the State of California and the State of Israel share close ties and are global leaders in the alternative energy, environmental technology, and other technology-based industry sectors; and

WHEREAS, the State of California is home to the largest in-state innovation network in the United States, which offers technology-commercialization opportunities for the State of Israel; and

WHEREAS, the Participants seek to expand the current level of cooperation between Israel and California in, but not limited to, alternative energy, environmental technology, health, food and agriculture and other technology based industry sectors, business innovation, research and development.

THEREFORE, IT IS DECLARED AS FOLLOWS:

The Participants hereby sign this Memorandum of Understanding for the purposes of establishing a formal relationship between them to foster economic cooperation and economic development, facilitate joint industrial research and development, and enhance business relationships and educational opportunities to foster job creation and incubate global solutions from joint California-Israel innovation initiatives.

To achieve these aims:

1. The Participants intend to seek to convene bilateral, interagency and inter-ministerial working groups with international expertise to coordinate initiatives.

2. The Participants plan to facilitate collaborations between Israeli and Californian entrepreneurs and researchers through (though not exclusively limited to) the California innovation hub (iHub) network - a network consisting of self-funded, collaborative regional innovation clusters, uniting government, universities, foundations, national labs and the private sector.


3. The Participants intend to support and encourage their people and competent authorities to further develop interpersonal contacts and exchanges, and to promote mutual cooperation, understanding, and friendship by encouraging ad hoc task forces, trade delegations, and professional exchanges between Israel and California in key sectors including, but not limited to:

a.) Water Conservation and Management

b.) Alternative Energy and related Clean Technologies

c.) Health and Biotechnology Solution

d.) CyberSecurity

e.) Arts & Culture

f.) Education

g.) Agricultural Technologies

4. The Participants intend to support and encourage the creation of public-private partnerships between Californian and Israeli entities in these areas of economic development, social entrepreneurship, or academic research related to the above activities.

5. The Participants intend to support and encourage the strengthening of sister city programs between Israeli and California cities, which are designed to enhance opportunities for cultural and educational exchanges, economic partnerships, and social entrepreneurship on the local level.

6. The Participants intend to encourage collaboration between California and Israeli universities, public and private research institutions.

This Memorandum of Understanding is intended to become effective on the date it is signed and does not create any legally binding rights or obligations for either Participant. This Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Mountain View on the 5th day of March, 2014, corresponding to the 3rd day of Adar II of 5774.





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EDMUND G. BROWN JR. 
Governor of California 
United States of America 




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BENJAMIN NETANYAHU
Prime Minister
State of Israel