DFM Ayalon: MASHAV helps us confront delegitimization of Israel. MASHAV reinforces Israel’s foreign policy.
(Communicated by the Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem is hosting a special conference on the occasion of World Development Information Day. This day was declared by the United Nations in order to focus international attention on global development challenges in the 21st century. This is the first time a conference of this sort is being held in Israel. The event was organized by MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs – in cooperation with civil aid organizations in Israel. Dozens of representatives of civil society, government ministries, the business sector, academia and the media will participate.
Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon addressed the opening session of the conference:
A winning combination of civil society in Israel is represented at today’s event – delegates from MASHAV, the business community, the government, and the Third Sector. This combination is important for the effective promotion of issues and projects, especially in a democratic and bureaucratic state such as Israel. It is sometimes difficult to implement important activities; when organizations in the Third Sector work together with government ministries, it becomes possible to act efficiently and quickly.
When we talk about MASHAV, we are talking about something in the Jewish DNA. Jews are commanded to help not only their own communities but the wider world as well. MASHAV activities are at the heart of Israel’s diplomacy. MASHAV connects Israel with other peoples; through MASHAV we make new friends in the world and strengthen cooperation with different countries. Worldwide MASHAV activities bring Israel diplomatic dividends.
Israel today is facing an unprecedented attack of delegitimization. MASHAV is a major tool in the fight against this delegitimization. MASHAV shows the world the beautiful face of Israel as a contributing, productive state. It is important to point out at international fora that our enemies, who have failed to defeat us militarily and economically, are now trying to defeat us diplomatically. Today, as Israel faces a political battle, it is unfortunate that the automatic Arab majority puts us at a quantitative disadvantage in international fora. We are therefore trying to create a moral majority that will stand with us. MASHAV shows the world that Israel is a state that creates and assists others – morally, economically and militarily. MASHAV is a means to reinforce Israel’s foreign policy.