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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Tuesday, 18 June 2013), met with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird and made the following remarks at the start of the meeting: "It is a real pleasure to welcome you again to Jerusalem.

Last month Canada imposed a total trade ban on Iran. Prime Minister Harper should be praised for his important leadership on this crucial issue. Today, it is imperative to continue that pressure.

Ms. Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, will visit Israel from June 18-22, 2013.

Israel, through MASHAV, cooperates on an ongoing basis with the World Food Programme in coping with the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. 

In the course of her visit, Ms. Cousin will take part in the Israeli Presidential Conference and will hold meetings with professionals in the fields of development and food. She will meet with President Shimon Peres, Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir, and MFA Deputy Director General for MASHAV (Israel Agency for International Development Cooperation) Daniel Carmon. She will also meet with heads of food companies in the private sector, tour the Volcani Institute of Agricultural Research and deliver a lecture at Tel-Aviv University.

On behalf of the Governments of the State of Israel and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans have agreed today to begin preparations for the establishment of the bilateral Dutch-Israeli Cooperation Forum.The Forum’s objective is to strengthen bilateral relations by increasing cooperation in the field of innovation and by bringing together representatives from the business sector, academia, civil society and the government, and to explore new fields of possible cooperation. The Forum will explore specific areas of cooperation, such as innovation in water management, energy/gas, agriculture and IT/high tech. It will also provide an opportunity for consultations on a wide range of bilateral and regional issues at the political level.

The International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation at Tel Aviv University colloquium with representatives of the multinational peacekeeping forces in the region.

Tuesday 18 June, 2013, Naftali Building of Social Sciences in Efter Hall (Room 001)

 The International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation at Tel Aviv University is hosting the second academic colloquium entitled "Can Peacekeepers Keep the Peace?" with representatives of the multinational peacekeeping forces in the region.


The Cabinet, this evening (Sunday, 16 June 2013), approved a decision that significantly expands the investigative and judicial tools available to the security forces and law enforcement authorities against so-called 'Price Tag' actions.

In its decision, the Cabinet authorized Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon to use his authority under defense regulations to declare 'Price Tag' activists an illegal association. This will significantly strengthen the ability to fight 'Price Tag' phenomena.

At the same time, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni will continue to advance prevention of terrorism legislation that will – inter alia – deal with the issue.
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