The connection between the State of Israel and Jewish communities around the world is an existential-strategic interest.

 FM Liberman at end of US visit

 

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(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman finished his New York visit Wednesday evening (9 June). He held a comprehensive meeting with Israel’s ambassadors to the US, the UN and Canada, together with all of the North American heads of missions, at which a deep discussion was held on all the issues that relate to Israeli-US relations.

FM Liberman said at the meeting that the connection with Jewish communities around the world is an existential-strategic interest for the State of Israel, and not a matter of public diplomacy.  He said that Israel today is an economic and technological power, and that Israel should rebuild and strengthen its ties with the Jewish communities because they are an integral part of the State of Israel.

FM Liberman referred to UN Security Council Resolution [1929] about the sanctions against Iran and said that even if it won’t stop the Iranian nuclear program, it is the first time that a significant statement has been heard on this issue. The importance of the resolution is the clear message that the international community is conveying to Iran. However, the really meaningful thing is – what will be the international community’s next step?

Regarding the Gaza blockade, it must be made clear that the minimal condition for removing the blockade is regular visits by the Red Cross to Gilad Shalit. As long as permission to do this is not granted, there is no reason to change the situation.

During his visit in New York, FM Liberman held meetings with senior officials and American public-opinion shapers. He met with US Ambassador to the UN Dr. Susan Rice, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Mr. B. Lynn Pascoe, former Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, ADL National Director Abe Foxman, and others. Liberman also met with members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, attended an event for Russian speakers sponsored by the Jewish community in New York to celebrate 62 years of Israeli independence, and met with 150 young leaders from the Israeli community in New York