Monthly Archives: May 2015

Celebrate Israel Parade To Attract Thousands in New York

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By Israel News Agency Staff

When is the Parade? – Download 2015 Flyer 
The Parade will be Sunday, May 31st, from 11AM to 4PM.

When is it on TV and the Website?
The Parade will be on FOX MY9 from 12 to 2PM.
It will be livestreamed on this Website from 12 to 3PM.

What is the route for the Parade?
The Parade will go up Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue from 57th to 74th Streets.

What happens if it rains?
The Parade happens – RAIN OR SHINE.

What is the 2015 Parade theme?
Israel Imagines!

Can I get information on the Central Park Concert?
This event is unaffiliated with the Celebrate Israel Parade.
Please contact IsraelDayConcert.com for information.

ENTERTAINMENT & BANDS

Performers

Miri Ben-Ari, Grammy Award-winning Violinist
SHI 360
Golem
The Shul Band
SOULFARM
Donny Baitner & the BaRock Ochester
The Ramaz Band
DJ Alex Edge
Sandy Shmuely
Israel Dance Institute
Areyvut Mitzvah Clowns
Celebrate Israel Performers

Marching Bands

NY Police
Cadets 2
Fusion Core
Saint Brigades Drum & Bugle Corps
Connecticut Hurricanes
Bushwhackers Drum & Bugle Corps
Long Island Sunrisers Drum & Bugle Corps
Upper Schuylkill Marching Band
Raiders Drum & Bugle Corps
Excelsior Drum & Bugle Corps

2015 FLOATS & VEHICLES

America-Israel Friendship League
American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center
American Friends of Leket Israel
American Friends of Magen David Adom
American Zionist Movement
Ariel University
Avi Chai Foundation
Bat Mitzvah Project HUG and Bnai Zion Foundation
Bnei Akiva of the United States and Canada
The Cheese Guy
EL AL and the Israel Ministry of Tourism
Dr. Felix Glaubach & Family
The Hampton Synagogue
The Hebron Fund
Hillel Yeshiva
IDB Bank
IDT Corporation
Iranian American Jewish Federation & Sephardic Heritage Alliance Inc.
State of Israel
Israel Bonds
Israeli American Council
JDate
Jewish Community Relations Council of New York
Jewish National Fund
Jordache
Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy
Kars 4 Kids
One Israel Fund
Nefesh B’ Nefesh
Russian American Jewish Experience
StandWithUs
UJA-Federation of NY

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2015 MARCHING GROUPS

• AJC-American Jewish Committee
• A.J. Heschel School
• American Russian Jewish Community Cluster
Association of East-European Jewry
Association of Holocaust Survivors from the FSU
Caucasian Jewish Congregation
Children of the War
COJECO (Council of Jewish Émigré Community Orgs.)
Congress of the Bukharian Jews of US and Canada
EZRA
Holocaust Survivors Charity
Jewish Community Center of Starrett City
Mazal School
MRAPA
NY Assoc. of Holocaust Survivors
New York Association of Jews from the FSU
RJeneration
• AMERICAN VETERANS OF ISRAEL LEGACY
• ARZA – Association of Reform Zionists of America
• ASHAR
• AZM -The American Zionist Movement/
AMIT
Ameinu
B’nai B’rith
Emunah
Habonim-Dror
HaShomer-HaTsair
Mercaz
• Barkai Yeshivah
• Ben Porat Yosef
• Berman Hebrew Academy
• Bi-Cultural Day School
• Bnei Akiva USA and Canada
• Boy/Girl Scouts of America
• Brandeis School
• Camp HASC
• Carmel Academy
• Center for Jewish Life
• Chai Riders
• Charleston Jewish Federation
• Congregation B’nai Jeshurun
• Congregation Or Zarua
• Cyprus Federation of America
• Eagles Wings Ministries
• East Midwood Hebrew Day School
• EMET Outreach
• Ezra Academy
• Friends of Israel Scouts – Tzofim Tzabar
• Friends of the IDF
• Frisch School
• Golda Och Academy
• HAFTR – Lower School, Middle School, High School
• HALB – Middle School, DRS, SKA
• HANC – Lower School, Middle School, High School
• Hannah Senesh Community Day School
• Hillel International
• Hillel Yeshiva – Middle School, High School
• JAFI Jewish Agency for Israel
• JCRC – Long Island
Congregation B’nai Sholom-Beth David
Congregation Beth-El of Massapequa
Congregation Sons of Israel
East Meadow Jewish Community Relations Council,
Huntington Jewish Center
Kehillat Chovevei Tzion,
Manetto Hill Jewish Center
Merrick-Bellmore Jewish Community Council
Bellmore Jewish Center,
Merrick Jewish Centre
Temple Beth Am
Ohav Sholom,
Temple Israel of South Merrick
Young Israel of Merrick
Young Israel of North Bellmore

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Mid-Island Y/JCC
Midway Jewish Center
Plainview Jewish Center
Shelter Rock Jewish Center
Temple Beth El of Patchogue
Temple Beth Sholom
Temple Sinai of Massapequa
• Jewish Educational Center – Yeshiva, Mesivta, Bruriah
• Jewish Federation of Charleston, SC
• Jewish Federation NE PA
• Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, NJ
Diller Teen Fellows
Morristown Jewish Center Beit Yisrael, Morristown
Congregation Shomrei Emunah, Montclair
Temple Shalom, Succasunna
Congregation B’nai Israel, Millburn
Adath Shalom Synagogue, Morris Plains
Oheb Shalom Congregation, South Orange
Onward Israel Negev Fellows
Mount Freedom Jewish Center, Mt. Freedom
• Jewish Federation of NNJ
Gerard Berman Day School
JCC of Paramus
Fair Lawn Jewish Center
Temple Beth Sholom
• Jewish Federation of Orange County
• Jewish Federation Rockland County
• Jewish Foundation School
• Jewish War Veterans of the USA
• Joseph Kushner Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva HS
• Kings Bay Y
• Kinneret Day School
• LGBT
CBST-Congregation Beit Simchah Torah
Eshel
JQY
Mosaic of Westchester
A Wider Bridge
• Lower Merion Community Cluster
Torah Academy of Greater Philadephia
Kohelet Yeshiva HS
The Mesivta H.S. of Greater Philadelphia
• Ma’ayanot Yeshiva HS for Girls
• Magen David Yeshivah/Celia Esses HS
• Manhattan Day School
• Manhattan Jewish Experience
• Maimonides Academy
• Marks JCH and Shorefront Y
• Marlboro Jewish Center
• Monmouth County Cluster
Temple Beth Ahm
Solomon Schechter Day School
• The Moriah School
• National Conference of Shomrim
• 92nd St. Y
• Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council
Babylonian Jewish Center
Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center
Bellerose Jewish Center
Congregation L’Dor V’Dor
Hillcrest Jewish Center
Hollis Hills Jewish Center
Israel Center for Conservative Judaism
Marathon Jewish Community Center
Parker Jewish Institute
Temple Gates of Prayer
Temple Tikvah
• Northshore Hebrew Academy Middle School/High School
• OHEL Children’s Home & Family Services & Camp Kaylie
• One Family Fund
• OU/Yachad/ NCSY
• Park Avenue Synagogue
• Progressive Cluster
Americans for Peace Now
New Israel Fund
Partners for Progressive Israel
T’ruah
• R. Arthur Schneier Park East Day School
• Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva (RPRY)
• Ramaz -Middle School/H.S.
• Rambam Mesivta/Shalhevet
• Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey (RYNJ)
• SAR Academy/SAR HS
• SHAI
• Shalom Torah Academy Schools and Shuls of Central NJ
Shalom Torah Academy
Monmouth Torah Links in Morganville
Shalom Torah Academy
Shalom Heritage Center in East Windsor
• Shulamith School for Girls – Long Island
• Shulamith School of Brooklyn
• Skaters and Bladers in Memory of JJ Greenberg
• Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County
• Solomon Schechter Day School Nassau County/Queens
• Schechter Manhattan
• Schechter Westchester
• Team Lifeline (Chai Lifeline)
• Temple Beth Abraham
• Temple Israel of Great Neck
• Temple Sholom of West Essex
• Torah Academy of Bergen County (TABC)
• United Congregations for Israel
Lincoln Square Synagogue
Congregation Habonim
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
West End Synagogue
The Shefa School
• United Mashadi Youth
• United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
United Synagogue Youth (USY)
Hagalil New Jersey Region
METNY (met-knee) Region
• Volunteers for Israel
• Weinbaum Yeshiva HS
• Westchester Day School
• Westchester Hebrew HS
• WESTCHESTER JEWISH COUNCIL
New Rochelle Jewish Coalition
Beth El Synagogue Center
Congregation Anshe Shalom
Temple Israel of New Rochelle
Pelham Jewish Center
The Rosenthal JCC – Global Connections
Temple Israel Center of White Plains
Westchester Reform Temple
The Westchester Klezmer Program
NOW Israel of Northern Westchester
Bet Torah of Mount Kisco
Congregation Sons of Israel
First Hebrew Congregation
Mount Kisco Hebrew Congregation
Pleasantville Community Synagogue
Temple Beth Am of Yorktown
Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester
Temple Beth Shalom of Mahopac
Temple Israel of Northern Westchester
Temple Shaaray Tefila
Yorktown Jewish Center
Academy for Jewish Religion
Community Synagogue of Rye
Greenburgh Hebrew Center
Lincoln Park Jewish Center
• Yavneh Academy
• YBH of Passaic -Hillel
• Yeshiva at the Jersey Shore Community
Congregation Brothers of Israel in Long Branch
Yeshiva at the Jersey Shore
• Yeshiva of Central Queens
• Yeshiva Derech HaTorah
• Yeshivah of Flatbush -Middle School/ HS
• Yeshiva Har Torah
• Yeshiva University
• Yeshivat BitaHon
• Yeshivat Noam
• Young Judaea/Hadassah
• ZOA-Zionist Organization of America

2015 SPECIAL GUESTS

Grand Marshal

Russian-Speaking Jewish Community
Represented by Alan Meskin & Angela Reyzelman

This year’s Grand Marshal of the Celebrate Israel Parade is the Russian-speaking Jewish community. Jews originating from the Soviet Union were instrumental builders and warriors of the State of Israel and also, directly benefited from the creation of the state in 1948, as for many, Israel became a safe haven, a land of opportunity, and a new home. This has remained true over the course of the 20th century, as Russian-speaking Jews continue to make aliyah, the Jewish word for resettling in Israel, and to shape Israel’s present and future, as an integral part of the nation’s fabric. Today, Russian-speaking Jews in the U.S. and all over the world stand strong in their support of Israel as the Jewish State and the place to which all Jews are connected and share roots.

Government of Israel

Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Counsel General of Israel in New York
Minister Danny Danon, Ministry of Science, Technology and Space
Minister Ofir Akunis

Members of the Knesset:

Hon. Yoav Ben-Tzur
Hon. Avraham Nagosa
Hon. Ksenia Svetlov
Hon. Revital Sweid

Guests:

Miri Ben-Ari, Grammy Award-Winning Violinist
David BluMaccabi Tel Aviv Basketball Club
Derrick Sharp, Retired Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball Club
My9 TV Broadcast Co-Anchors :
Steve Lacey, FOX Anchor & Becky Griffin, Former MTV Europe VJ
Robert MosesReporter, FOX Television
SHI 360
Golem
SOULFARM

Israel’s IsraAID Launches “A Roof for All” Shelter Program in Nepal

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Kathmandu, Nepal —  May 28, 2015 … IsraAID, Israel’s largest, private, global humanitarian organization, has launched its “A Roof for All” program to provide safe and sturdy transitional shelter for thousands of displaced families who have lost their homes as a result of the last two devastating earthquakes in Nepal.

Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced, living on the streets and in open areas in make-shift tents and shelters unprepared for the heavy storms and flooding of the imminent monsoon season.  There is critical cause for concern that a secondary disaster could quickly unfold if humanitarian conditions are not dramatically improved.

The United Nations has stated that there is “immense” damage to over 600,000 homes and warned that some 70,000 children are at severe risk of malnutrition and require urgent support. So far, only 14% of the humanitarian aid sought by the United Nations for the relief effort in Nepal has been met, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. That means only $59 million has been committed, of the $423 million requested, since the first quake struck last month.

While the UN begs the international community to save lives, IsraAID is working closely with partners on the ground to survey conditions and assess the health situation in order to mitigate the outbreak of further diseases.

As a partner of the national and international Shelter Cluster in Nepal, IsraAID’s technical teams are working alongside government agencies, the UN and other INGOs to provide transitional housing solutions that are low cost and suitable for the conditions in Nepal.

IsraAID’s “A Roof for All” program will provide 200 families in the first round and up to 800 families in total, with transitional homes that adhere to the best practices and international standards in disasters.

IsraAID, founded in 2001, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to providing life-saving disaster relief and long term support. For over a decade, IsraAid’s teams of professional medics, search and rescue squads, post-trauma experts and community mobilizers, have been first on the front lines of nearly every major humanitarian response in the 21st century. IsraAid’s mission is to efficiently support and meet the changing needs of populations as they strive to move from crisis to reconstruction/rehabilitation, and eventually, to sustainable living.

IsraAid has joined the Israel Defense Forces, Magen David Adom and Chabad in providing emergency, life saving humanitarian services in Nepal.

 

A global support page for Israel’s Nepal humanitarian efforts has been established at  Israel4Nepal.com.

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ICC: Palestinians Guilty of War Crimes Shooting Rockets At Israel

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By Herb Brandon
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — May 26, 2015 … Senior legal staffers at the International Criminal Court confirmed today that the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel were blatant, transparent war crimes.

At least 5 missiles from Gaza targeted Israeli cities and towns today with one rocket landing near Ashdod some 20 km (12 miles) north of the Gaza border.

The Prime Minister’s Office ordered attorneys for the State of Israel to file additional complaints with the International Criminal Court in The Hague against the Palestinians – Mahmoud Abbas, Fatah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

As the lawyers were preparing to file papers for tomorrow morning, law clerks at the ICC stated off the record that war crimes were commited today and that the true victims were Israeli civilians. They stated that there is a very fine distinction between facts and propaganda and that they welcomed Israel’s legal complaints.

Amnesty International recently released a 63-page report stating: “Palestinian armed groups committed war crimes by indiscriminately firing rockets at civilians in Israel during the conflict between Israel and Hamas last summer.”

“Palestinian armed groups, including the armed wing of Hamas, repeatedly launched unlawful attacks during the conflict, killing six and injuring civilians,” said Philip Luther, director of Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa Program.

“In launching these attacks, they displayed a flagrant disregard for international humanitarian law and for the consequences of their violations on civilians in both Israel and the Gaza Strip,” Luther said.

The Amnesty report confirms Israeli allegations that Palestinians had fired rockets from civilian areas.

“There are credible reports that, in certain cases, Palestinian armed groups launched rockets or mortars from within civilian facilities or compounds, including schools, at least one hospital, and a Greek Orthodox church in Gaza City,” the report says.

A senior source at the Prime Minister’s office told the INA: “Israel will respond to these terror attacks. We will respond in an intelligent and effective manner in a time and place of our choosing.”

“We will make sure that the ICC has more than enough evidence to illustrate to the global public who are the terrorists and who are the victims. This is not a war over land. This is the same war that ISIS is waging – it is a Jihad, a holy war against Jews and Christians.”

Thousands of Israeli civilians were affected by today’s Palestinian terror attacks. Many were treated for trauma as local authorities cancelled school classes throughout Israel’s southern region.

Israel, Greece Embrace 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations

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By Nancy Namer
Israel News Agency

On 21 May, Israel and Greece marked their 25th anniversary of upgraded diplomatic relations.  Although bilateral relations have existed since 1952, full diplomatic ties were established in 1990. In recent years, common democratic values and interests have led Greece and Israel to forge an important strategic partnership in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Today, the relations are characterized by wide-ranging cooperation in politics, defense, energy, finance, tourism, culture and academia.

High-level political contacts have become commonplace. In October 2013, the first Greece-Israel High Level Government-to-Government Council (G2G) was held in Jerusalem, headed by the Prime Ministers of the two countries.

Both States are looking forward to holding the second High Level Government-to-Government Council as soon as possible. The bilateral political dialogue has been accompanied by economic cooperation, important deliberations on energy issues, enhanced military and defense cooperation, flourishing cultural exchanges, interesting academic and scientific contacts, an inter-religious discourse, and large waves of tourism.

Greece and Israel, as modern democratic states, represent the proud independence of two ancient nations.

Their long histories are intertwined and their common traits are numerous. Both are peoples of books and letters who contributed greatly to Western civilization and have lived together in this part of the world for generations. They are both nations of a homeland and a diaspora. And they have fiercely maintained their unique identities throughout the millennia.

The Greek Jewish community and the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem are bridges of friendship between the two countries.

The bilateral cooperation promotes mutual interests, progress, and stability in the wider region. Both States aspire to further promote and enhance relations of peace and good neighborliness with the nations in the area.

Following a quarter century of upgraded diplomatic relations, the Governments of Greece and Israel express satisfaction with their close and friendly relationship. Both States look forward to further enhancing their bilateral cooperation in the next 25 years, especially regarding people-to-people contacts, as well as cooperation in the fields of high tech and entrepreneurship, for the benefit of both peoples.

The two nations are joined together in friendship as they face common challenges and strive to build a better future.

Former UN Ambassador Dore Gold Appointed Director General of Israel Foreign Ministry

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — May 25, 2015 … Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced the appointment foreign policy expert and former UN Ambassador Dore Gold as director-general of the Israel Foreign Ministry.

Dr. Gold, who currently serves as the Director of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, will replace Nissim Ben-Sheetrit. Ben Sheetrit is a veteran ministry employee who started out in the minsitry’s administrative track and then moved over to its diplomatic side.

Ben-Sheetrit, a former ambassador to Japan, was appointed by former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman in November 2013.

Dr. Gold is considered one of Netanyahu’s top foreign policy confidants, and in 2014 became an “outside” foreign policy consultant to Netanyahu.

The American-born Gold, born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut, served Netanyahu as a foreign policy advisor from 1996-1997 during the premier’s first term in office, before Netanyahu appointed him Ambassador to the UN, where he served until 1999. He has been very active in recent years lobbying on behalf of “defensible borders” for Israel.

Dr. Gold, with extensive diplomatic experience, will be working closely in the ministry with Tzipi Hotovely, the newly appointed deputy foreign minister.

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Dr.Gold distingushed himself in negotiations with world leaders which included the President of the United States, the US Secretary of State, and the British Foreign Secretary.  He also served as a special envoy to the leaders of Arab states.

Dr. Gold is continuously consulted by members of the governments of United States, the United Kingdom, and other Western Powers.  And he is often seen on news broadcasts sharing his views on world affairs.

The former Ambassador is an accomplished writer and speaker whose experiences behind the scenes and in the limelight have made him a valuable media resource about international terrorism, the Iranian nuclear program, Israel’s security needs, the Jewish claim to Jerusalem, and many other current topics.

Ambassador Gold has written numerous books and articles on the Middle East, including U.S. Military Strategy in the Middle East (Tel Aviv: Ministry of Defense Publications, 1993); Hatred’s Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism (Washington: Regnery, 2003); and Tower of Babble: How the United Nations Has Fueled Global Chaos (New York: Crown Forum, 2004).

His articles have appeared in Asahi Shinbun, Commentary, Daily Telegraph, Die Zeit, Israel News Agency, Ha’aretz, Jerusalem Post, New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal

Dr. Gold said upon his appointment that he is aware of the significant challenges facing Israel at this time and that “it is my obligation to defend the interests of the state.”

Dr. Dore Gold lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Ofra, and their two children, Yael and Ariel.

IsraAID Helps Elderly in Nepal

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Chanamati Rai, 70, from Nuwakot is currently at Patan Hospital in
Kathmandu after receiving treatment from IsraAIDs medical team.

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Nepal — May 21, 2015 … IsraAID’s health and pycho social teams are also focusing their medical efforts to help the elderly in Nepal.  The elderly are among the most vulnerable community which takes a high toll in disasters.

“The elderly have a harder time to take care of  themselves and many sleep outside on the streets of Kathmandu and in the rural areas of Nepal,” said IsraAid founding director Shachar Zahavi.

IsraAID, founded in 2001, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to providing life-saving disaster relief and long term support. For over a decade, IsraAid’s teams of professional medics, search and rescue squads, post-trauma experts and community mobilizers, have been first on the front lines of nearly every major humanitarian response in the 21st century.

Their mission is to efficiently support and meet the changing needs of populations as they strive to move from crisis to reconstruction/rehabilitation, and eventually, to sustainable living.

IsraAID has deployed its emergency relief team to provide food, water, and relief items, medical services, and psychosocial services to devastated communities within the Kathmandu Valley and outside. First responders have addressed immediate concerns such as basic supplies, shelter, and medical services for the injured, and immediate survival of those without access to food or clean water.

Simultaneously, IsraAID has performed needed assessments focusing efforts on long-term recovery for Nepal’s damaged agriculture, fishery, and water infrastructure. 

IsraAid joined the Israel Defense Forces, Magen David Adom and Chabad in providing emergency relief services in Nepal.

 

A global support page for Israel’s Nepal humanitarian efforts has been established at  Israel4Nepal.com.

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New Israel Government: Promote Diplomacy, Maintain Security

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Jerusalem, Israel — May 16, 2015 … Following are Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the start of the first meeting of the 34th Government.

“Despite all the ups-and-downs we had to go through to reach this moment, I am still moved by the position and I am certain that you are too. From this moment on we must leave disagreements outside this room and focus on good work for the citizens of Israel – all citizens of Israel.

This new Israeli government will work with determination, responsibility and vigor in the face of all attempts to test our borders and our security from both near and far. Israel’s enemies must know that any threats directed at us has red lines. This has been our policy under previous governments and will be under the current government as well.

We will continue to promote a diplomatic settlement while upholding the vital interests and security of the citizens of Israel. At the same time and perhaps in assistance, we will try to realize the opportunity of regional developments and new possibilities of action with the moderate and responsible countries around us.”

 Netanyahu concluded: “We will work to improve social welfare with emphasis on lowering the cost of living in general and housing costs in particular. We will work to continue to reduce the gaps in Israeli society. We will continue to link the Negev and the Galilee with the center and to strengthen employment there and throughout the country. We are attentive to the cry of immigrants from Ethiopia and their families and next week we will form a special ministerial committee, under my chairmanship, to deal with this problem. We are obligated to work for the good of all Israeli citizens and we will do everything we can to justify the confidence the nation has vested in us.

Now the time has come to roll up our sleeves and get to work. May our efforts be successful.”

The Netanyahu government, which won by a landslide and formed after intense negotiations following the March 17 elections, finally took office almost two months after polling day.

 

IDF Field Hospital Closes in Nepal, IsraAid Remains

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By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Nepal — May 10, 2015 … The IDF rushed to save lives in Nepal, but packed their clothes slowly today as they prepared to leave this earthquake shattered nation.

“Today the IDF completed its mission in Nepal. The mission consisted of 260 search and rescue and medical personnel and 95 tons of humanitarian and medical supplies,” said IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col Peter Lerner.

“The field hospital, which was operated for 11 days, treated 1600 patients, conducted 85 life-saving surgeries and delivered 8 babies.”

The Israel Defense Forces joined several other Israeli life saving organizations in Nepal including IsraAid, Magen David Adom, Joint Disaster Recovery and Chabad.

Not one of the doctors, nurses and paramedics of the IDF wanted to leave Nepal. Nor did the Nepalese government want them to leave. The local government pleaded with the head of the IDF Humanitarian Field Hospital to remain open one more week. But the IDF, as much as it wanted to stay and treat hundreds more, had their hands tied by the Israeli Treasury Ministry which would not allow any more monies to the mission.

Israel has a large heart but must place it’s monies first and foremost for it’s defense against Islamic Jihad.

At a small ceremony to mark the closure of the IDF Field Hospital, Nepal’s Urban Development Minister Narayan Khadka expressed the Nepal government’s gratitude to Israel for its help.

“Let me express our sincere gratitude to the government of Israel and to the people of Israel for helping us in times of very critical hours for Nepal,” Khadka said.

IsraAid has told the Israel News Agency that they will remain treating the wounded and sick. IsraAid presently has several search, rescue and medical teams in the high lands.

Israel’s ambassador to Nepal, Yaron Mayer, said he was optimistic about the nation’s future.

“I did mention that Nepal is crying and the whole world is crying, but I also said that I am optimistic for the future and looking ahead, things are now starting to rebuild. It will take time I know, but things will be better and Nepal will be stronger and we will be united working for these challenges,” Mayer said.

The quake has affected 8 million of Nepal’s 28 million people, with at least 3 million needing tents, water, food and medicines over the next three months, the United Nations said. Over 519,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed.

A global support page for Israel’s Nepal humanitarian efforts has been established at  Israel4Nepal.com.

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VIDEO: 24 Hours At IDF Nepal Field Hospital in 42 Seconds

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Nepal — May 9, 2015 … As the 260 doctors, nurses and paramedics at the IDF Humanitarian Field Hospital in Nepal celebrate Shabbat, they are proud that on day 10 of their mission: 178 patients were treated, 295 public structures were evaluated.

A total of 1,427 patients have been treated, including 90 life-saving surgeries, 6 Cesarean birth sections and 2 natural births.

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A global support page for Israel’s Nepal humanitarian efforts has been established at  Israel4Nepal.com.

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Rivlin Addresses Ceremony Marking 70 Years Since Allied Victory Over Nazi Germany

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By Israel News Agency Staff

Jerusalem, Israel — May 8, 2015 … Israel President Reuven Rivlin addressed an official state ceremony marking seventy years since the victory of the Allied forces over Nazi Germany.  The ceremony was dedicated to the Jewish servicemen and women who fought and served in the Allied armies.

“We mark here this evening seventy years since the victory of the free world, over the Nazi beast, and pay tribute to the Jewish fighters who played a part in this victory,” said Rivlin.

“Around one and a half million Jews served in the Second World War, around eight percent of the entire Jewish population, and around half a million of whom, fell in battle.  Jewish servicemen fell as submarine commanders, fighter pilots, tank and infantry commanders, in the engineers and artillery corps, riflemen and regular soldiers.  In every branch of the military, of each army which fought against the Nazis, were found decorated and dedicated Jewish heroes.  No political affiliation, and no Jewish community was absent from the war.”

The President addressed the World War Two veterans attending the ceremony, and stressed the tremendous legacy they had left for their children and grandchildren.

“We look to the past, and beyond you we see the faces of the Maccabees.  We look to the future and we see the faces of the soldiers and commanders of the Israel Defense Forces.  You are all links in the intricate chain of Jewish heroes, whose roots are in the pages of the Bible, and whose responsibility today, is to the defense of the people and land of Israel.  The soldiers of the IDF, who stand at the ready on our borders, who are right now providing assistance to the Nepalese people dealing with disaster, they are your grandchildren.  You have taught them the secret of heroism and humanity, the ethics of battle, and bravery.  Your tremendous valor, dear veterans, is deserving of a fitting commemoration.”

 At the end of his address, the President stressed the national obligation to the swift completion and inauguration of the museum to commemorate the achievements and the sacrifice of the Jewish war veterans.  The ceremony, held at the Latrun Tank Memorial (Yad LeShiryon), also included addresses by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, and IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot.