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PM Benjamin Netanyahu hosts dinner for Togo President Gnassingbe

President Faure Gnassingbe: "I dream of Israel's return to Africa and Africa's return to Israel."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, this evening (Monday, 7 August 2017), at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem, hosted a dinner for Togo President Faure Gnassingbe, who wrote in the guestbook: "I dream of Israel's return to Africa and Africa's return to Israel."

Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "Togo is a true friend of the State of Israel."

Israel and Senegal announce end to crisis

​Israel will immediately return its ambassador to Senegal and Senegal will support Israel's candidacy as an observer to the African Union.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on the fringe of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) conference, met with Senegal President Macky Sall. The two announced an end to the crisis between their countries.

Israel will immediately return its ambassador to Senegal and Senegal will support Israel's candidacy as an observer to the African Union. The two countries will also resume joint projects that were suspended in the wake of UNSC Resolution #2334, which Senegal proposed along with New Zealand.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Sall also agreed on cooperation in security and agriculture. The Prime Minister invited the Senegalese Foreign Minister to resume his visit to Israel, which had been suspended as a result of the crisis.

PM Netanyahu Meets with eBay President and CEO Devin Wenig

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with eBay President and CEO Devin Wenig. The two men discussed possibilities for expanding eBay's research and development – and the scope of its investments – in Israel.

Prime Minister Netanyahu emphasized the importance that the State of Israel places on innovation and the latent opportunities in the Israeli market. He said that the goal of the Government is to make it easier to do business in Israel by lowering corporate taxes and reducing regulation.

The head of the Prime Minister's staff, Yoav Horowitz and Prime Minister's Office Director General Eli Groner also attended the meeting.

Statements by PM Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump

​PM Netanyahu: I want to thank you especially today for your deep commitment to Israel's security, its wellbeing and its future. I have no doubt that as we work together, you and I, the alliance between our countries will grow ever stronger.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem, hosted a festive dinner with US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania. Before the meal, Prime Minister Netanyahu and US President Trump issued the following statements:

Prime Minister Netanyahu:

"President Trump, Donald, Sara and I are absolutely delighted to welcome you and Melania to the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people, the united capital of the Jewish state.

We've known each other for many years, and it's always good to see you. But it's also wonderful to see the blossoming friendship between our two beautiful wives, Sara and Melania. You're so welcome here and we're so pleased to see you. We're honored to have you in our home.

You've been today Mr. President to the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites of Judaism. You've been to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, one of the holiest sites of Christianity. We protect the Christian sites as no one else does anywhere in this region. We protect Christian sites, Muslim sites, obviously Jewish sites. We're committed to the freedom of all faiths and to the rights of all.

Mr. President, I appreciate the fact that you went to the Western Wall, and you’re the first acting president who has done that. The people of Israel applaud you for it.

We had a terrific discussion today, and when I say 'terrific,' it encompasses everything. We could talk about deregulation, we could talk about economics, I think we quote each other, we understand each other, and so much of the things that we wish to accomplish for both our countries.

But I want to thank you especially today for your deep commitment to Israel's security, its wellbeing and its future. I have no doubt that as we work together, you and I, the alliance between our countries will grow ever stronger.

I want you to know how much we appreciate the change in American policy on Iran which you enunciated so clearly just an hour ago. I want you to know how much we appreciate your bold decision to act against the use of chemical weapons in Syria. And I want to tell you also how much we appreciate the reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East.

I look forward to working closely with you to confront the dangers we face together in this violent and volatile Middle East. I believe that together we could roll back Iran's march of aggression and terror in this region and we can thwart Iran's unbridled ambition to become a nuclear weapon state.

I also look forward to working closely with you to advance peace in our region, because you have noted so succinctly that common dangers are turning former enemies into partners. And that's where we see something new and potentially something very promising. It won't be simple, but for the first time in many years, and Mr. President, for the first time in my lifetime, I see a real hope for change. The Arab leaders who you met yesterday could help change the atmosphere and they could help create the conditions for a realistic peace. These are all great signs on your historic visit.

It's a visit that I think has echoed down the ages because the late Abraham Lincoln is reported to have said that there was no city on Earth that he so much desired to see as Jerusalem. Well. Mr. President, Donald, there is no city on earth where you are more welcome than right here with us in Jerusalem.

Welcome to Jerusalem, welcome to Israel."

US President Trump:

"Thank you very much and it’s a great honor to be with my good friend, Prime Minister Netanyahu, and of course Sara. Thank you, and also thank you for that beautiful tour. Melania’s still talking about it. Thank you very much.

You honored me and Melania by being one of the first world leaders to visit the White House, as you know. And we had a very good and sound discussion. And now you honor us again by welcoming us to your home on my first trip abroad as the President of the United States.

This is a land filled with beauty, wonder and the spirit of God. I’ve been amazed by the glorious and beautiful monuments and holy sites, and the generosity of your incredible people because it’s all about the people. I was deeply moved by my visit today to the Western Wall. Words fail to capture the experience. It will leave an impression on me forever.

Today we reaffirm the unbreakable bond of friendship between Israel and the United States, a friendship built on our shared love of freedom, our shared belief in human dignity and our shared hope for an Israel at lasting peace. We want Israel to have peace. But we are more than friends. We are great allies. We have so many opportunities in front of us, but we must seize them together. We must take advantage of the situation and there are many, many things that can happen now that would never have been able to happen before, and we understand that very well. That includes advancing prosperity, defeating the evils of terrorism and facing the threat of an Iranian regime that is threatening the region and causing so much violence and suffering.

During my travels, I have seen many hopeful signs that lead me to believe that we can truly achieve a more peaceful future for this region and for people of all faiths and all beliefs and frankly all over the world. In my visit to Saudi Arabia, I met with many leaders of the Arab and Muslim world, including King Salman, who treated us so beautifully, and really wants to see great things happen for the world. He really does. I got to know him well, and he really does. These leaders voiced concerns we all share about ISIS, about Iran’s rising ambitions and rolling back its gains, and about the menace of extremism that has spread through too many parts of the Muslim world. I’m encouraged that they pledged cooperation to confront terrorism and the hateful ideology that drives it so hard.

America welcomes the action and support of any nation willing to do the hard but vital work in eradicating the violent ideologies that have caused so much needless bloodshed and killing here and all over the world. We are willing to work together. I believe that a new level of partnership is possible and will happen, one that will bring greater safety to this region, greater security to the United States and greater prosperity to the world.

This includes a renewed effort at peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and I thank the Prime Minister for his commitment to pursuing the peace process. He’s working very hard at it. It’s not easy. I’ve heard it’s one of the toughest deals of all, but I have a feeling that we’re going to get there eventually, I hope.

I am certain we will have very productive discussions, and we’re going to have very productive discussions, in my opinion, with the leaders of other nations also, and I feel strongly about that because there’s a lot of love out there. And people from all nations, even nations that you would be surprised to hear, they want to stop the killing. They’ve had enough. America stands ready to assist in every way we can.

Our deep and lasting friendship will only grow deeper and stronger as we work together in the days ahead.

I thank you again for hosting us in this beautiful and ancient land. Truly, it’s a land of wonders and it’s my honor to be here with you.

Sara, thank you. Bibi, thank you. I appreciate it very much. Great honor. Thank you."

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder urges football associations worldwide to reject anti-Israel vote in FIFA

WJC, The World Jewish Congress and dozens of its affiliated communities around the world are urging national football associations to reject a forthcoming vote regarding the standing of the Israeli Football Association (IFA) within Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), set to take place at the international football body’s upcoming Congress in Bahrain.

In a letter to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder wrote: “The WJC strongly opposes any efforts by member countries to manipulate FIFA for their own political interests. The campaign of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) to sanction Israel has no place on the FIFA Congress’ agenda.

“We appreciate the recent efforts by FIFA and Mr. Tokyo Sexwale, chair of FIFA’s Israel-Palestine Monitoring Committee, to find an equitable solution to any questions concerning the IFA. As you must be aware, the IFA has complied wholeheartedly and in good faith with all FIFA requests and initiatives to resolve outstanding issues concerning its relations with the PFA. Jews and Arabs play together on Israeli football teams and the IFA is proud of the mutual respect fostered among them by the beautiful game. The IFA brings Israelis and Arabs together in the only democracy in the Middle East that provides equal rights to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.

“With anti-Semitism and other forms of extremism on the rise across the globe, it is vital that organizations like FIFA continue to promote the values of sportsmanship, goodwill, and harmony between different communities and nations. As violent manifestations of racism and intolerance resurface in football stadiums, we must be especially vigilant in preventing toxic and divisive political agendas from undermining FIFA’s mandate of inclusion and camaraderie.

"FIFA’s position as the most prominent regulatory body in the sporting world, one which bridges divides between countries and peoples, must be safeguarded. By keeping politics out of football, FIFA’s central role in the effort to promote respect among nations through sports will be secured.

"To emphasize FIFA’s commitment to global peace and international fellowship, we recommend that it hold a friendly exhibition match between Jewish and Muslim players. This would highlight the spirit of camaraderie that FIFA embodies and ensure that the Federation, which represents football for billions of people worldwide, does not become a political battleground. We stand ready to assist in any way necessary."

WJC President Lauder commends Comerica for closing anti-Israel group’s bank account

WJC, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder on Friday praised the Dallas-based Comerica Bank for its decision to close an account held by an anti-Israel organization, calling it a “bold and commendable” move and an encouraging demonstration of the State of Texas’ commitment to enforcing its anti-terror and anti-BDS laws.

“On behalf of the World Jewish Congress, I applaud Comerica for this bold and commendable decision to shut down the bank account of the virulent anti-Israel organization, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers,” Lauder said.

“The IADL consistently demonizes Israel and defends those who incite against it. In penalizing the IADL, Comerica has demonstrated that it is committed to helping the State of Texas enforce its strict anti-BDS laws, and that it will have zero tolerance for any person or organization that seeks to undermine democracy or promote terror.”

This is believed to be the first time a US-based bank has closed an account over the anti-Israel stance of an organization.

Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, Chief of the General Staff, Memorial Day Message

In these moments we stand together, bowing our heads in awe, remembering our common and unifying destiny - the common destiny for which our brothers and sisters, the fallen soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces throughout the generations, have despaired.

In their lives, the fallen acted for the same purpose - ensuring the security of the state and its inhabitants. From the moment they were drafted into the ranks of the IDF, they devoted their full energies to fulfilling their duty to their people, and in their death the fallen left us a legacy and a will: to be a protector of the people and hold the sword for his freedom in his country.

The legacy of the fallen forces us to adhere to the values ​​they adopted in their lives: a path of heroism and courage; A way of responsibility and dedication; A path of mission and belief in our righteousness, the righteousness of the way. The values ​​that struck the heart of the fallen are the secret of the strength of the Israel Defense Forces today. The spirit of the IDF is the common language of our ministry.

The will of the fallen forces us to act in constant partnership and to be evil to one another - as stated in Isaiah's vision: "Help each other and his brothers will say: Strong!" - and to combine our forces with the recognition that our goal is one: we all wear uniforms, we all hold arms - and work together for the security of the state.

Sixty-nine years have passed since the State of Israel, and the road is not over. In the past year, too, we have faced the terror that sought to harm the Israeli home front, and against which our soldiers and commanders acted with determination and ensured the security and sense of security of the citizens and residents of the state.

In the face of any enemy that seeks to harm Israel's security, the IDF commander and his soldiers stand ready to defend and win, and only if we strive to improve our preparedness and readiness for the day of command will we act with a multi-pronged combination. The purpose of the IDF.

Commanders and soldiers,

In their deaths, the fallen gave us another order - to stand with their families and accompany them in the journey of life after the loss, a journey that began on the day the candle of their life was extinguished. It is our duty, throughout the year, to continue to support them and to send a brotherly embrace to ease the pain as much as possible. Today we will also remember the missing IDF soldiers and the fallen soldiers whose burial place is unknown and pray that the children will return to their borders.

Tomorrow, when the flags of the State are raised to the top of the flag in honor of Israel's 59th Independence Day, we will remember the challenges and victories that the IDF has recorded throughout its years, recalling the struggle that began in the War of Independence. Our brothers are souls.

 May the memory of the fallen be blessed!
Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot
Chief of the General Staff

Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day 2017

​The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day ceremony is held in the presence of the President of the State of Israel and the Prime Minister, dignitaries, survivors, children of survivors and their families, together with the general public.

​The central state ceremony marking the start of Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day in Israel will be held at Yad Vashem on Sunday night, April 23rd 2017. The ceremony is held in the presence of the President of the State of Israel and the Prime Minister, dignitaries, survivors, children of survivors and their families, together with the general public.

Yad Vashem:

Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony from Yad Vashem 2017

UN Secretary General Guterres to address World Jewish Congress Plenary Assembly in New York

Amid mounting concerns about the bias against Israel at the United Nations, the world body’s new secretary general, António Guterres, will speak to the more than 600 representatives of Jewish communities in over 90 countries who are gathering in New York from Sunday through Tuesday for the Plenary Assembly of the World Jewish Congress (WJC).

Guterres’ speech at the opening dinner on 23 April 2017, at 18:00 EST (6 o’clock p.m.), marks the first time the UN’s most senior official will address such a gathering of international Jewish leaders.

The Plenary Assembly, which is supreme decision-making body of the WJC, will hear reports about the situation of Jewish communities world-wide and discuss major issues, including anti-Semitism and the rise of extremist political movements.

A WJC-commissioned report will be presented that details the proliferation anti-Semitism on the internet, and policies to combat such phenomena will be discussed. The delegates will also elect the WJC leadership for the coming four-year term. Current WJC President Ronald S. Lauder is standing for re-election.

Other speakers at the event include UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (tbc), Israeli Minister of Intelligence and of Transportation Yisrael Katz; Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, US Representatives Eliot Engel, Nita Lowey and Lee Zeldin, European Commission Coordinator on Combating Anti-Semitism Katharina von Schnurbein, as well as the Jewish Nobel Prize laureates Roald Hoffmann (Chemistry), Daniel Kahneman (Economics) and Eric Kandel (Medicine).

University of Haifa and Rambam Hospital Unveil Partnership and Plans for Twenty-Story ‘Medical Discovery Tower’

Strategic partnership between two of Israel’s leading institutions set to drive development in northern Israel

Haifa, Israel / New York, NY — University of Haifa and Rambam Healthcare Campus today unveiled a strategic partnership and plans to develop a twenty-story ‘Medical Discovery Tower’ during a special ceremony in Haifa, Israel in the presence of Israeli Finance Minister, Moshe Kahlon and Health Minister, Yaakov Litzman.

The medical research tower, developed with the support of the Israeli government, will be built at Rambam’s campus in Haifa to create and foster an environment fueling investigation, discovery and innovation, advancing the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.

“This groundbreaking partnership will translate research expertise into novel therapies for the most critical global human afflictions,” said Karen Berman, CEO at the American Society of the University of Haifa. “But this collaboration goes beyond building on our expanding research capabilities. Combining the efforts of these two leading institutions provides an opportunity to leverage philanthropic resources to transform healthcare at the local, national and global level.”

Six consecutive floors of the twenty-story Medical Discovery Tower will be allocated to the University, where it will carry out a multitude of research projects in conjunction with Rambam Hospital, who themselves will have a further six floors dedicated to its own activity. A further two floors will be assigned to the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

The tower will also provide state-of-the art facilities for the interaction between the innovative biomedical and medical technology industry in the city of Haifa, harnessing drug and device development from start-ups and established companies, encouraging scientific exchanges and fostering national and international collaborations.

“This is a unique approach to philanthropy that sees two complementary organizations work hand-in-hand to have exponential impact and better the region, rather than compete with one another,” Berman added. “At the same time, the University is excited to have a physical presence on the Rambam campus. This building is another step in the University’s expansion and development of Haifa and northern Israel, positioning the University at the forefront of the region’s growth.”

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