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The resolution is designed to advance entrepreneurship as a catalyst for development, and calls for the creation of conditions favorable to entrepreneurs, education, and removing bureaucratic impediments to the establishment of businesses.

This is the first time that the United Nations adopted a resolution on the subject of entrepreneurship as a new means to meet the challenges of poverty and to create growth and jobs. Israel initiated and presented the resolution as the head of a group of almost 100 nations.

Background

A growing consensus on the critical role of entrepreneurship in economic development is emerging. Studies from around the world are consistently linking entrepreneurship with stable, sustainable job creation and GDP growth. But the benefits of encouraging entrepreneurship go beyond pure economics. As individuals become more self]sufficient, and more empowered, they are more likely to seek higher levels of education and better living conditions for themselves and their children. As President Kagame of Rwanda has said: “Entrepreneurship is the surest way for a nation to meet its goals and to develop prosperity for the greatest number of people.”

If we are to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, we must work towards developing human capital in all countries and societies, and across sectors. Entrepreneurship has the power to help build societies in which people have the confidence, skill and desire to solve problems they see around them. By creating new businesses that provide desired goods and services, or by using entrepreneurial principles to create social ventures, entrepreneurs around the world have a unique ability to find solutions to poverty, improve social conditions, and confront environmental degradation.

Around the world, particularly in developing countries, aspiring entrepreneurs often face overwhelming challenges when starting up their business. This may be because of difficult regulatory frameworks, high administrative burdens, a lack of financial support, or entrenched social barriers.

Governments, civil society, academia and the private sector all have an important role to play in supporting entrepreneurship and enabling people to exercise their talents. A multi-stakeholder approach to promoting entrepreneurship is necessary to prepare future entrepreneurs and leaders to solve more complex, interlinked, and fast-changing problems.

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Statement by Ambassador Ron Prosor to the UN Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee)
7 December 2012

Thank you Mr. Chairman,

On behalf of the 97 co-sponsors, I sincerely thank all the delegations who supported this resolution today. I also express my deep appreciation to the delegations that participated constructively in our extensive and transparent negotiations.
The co-sponsors and supporters of this resolution are diverse. They include nations from all corners of the globe, both developing and developed. Their support reflects a growing global awareness that entrepreneurship is a critical driver of development in the new millennium.

Mr. Chairman,

Albert Einstein once wrote that “logic may get you from A to Z, but imagination will get you everywhere.”

Entrepreneurs are dreamers – risk-takers who dare to change the world. They are people like the young woman in Peru who built a recycling plant to turn the piles of waste in Lima’s poorest neighborhoods into a source of income. They are the two brothers from India who transformed a small online bookstore into a billion dollar enterprise. They are the recent college graduate in Ethiopia who turned a small sandal workshop on her grandmother’s property into a multimillion dollar footwear company.

These are the people who offer developing communities the best hope for breaking the cycle of poverty. No one is in a better position to solve a country’s problems than its entrepreneurs.

Today, this Committee is sending a clear and simple message: entrepreneurship is a primary pathway to sustainable economic growth for all.

Entrepreneurship has a ripple effect. By unlocking minds, we can inspire change. Business leaders build teams and instill confidence in their peers. They empower others to pursue their dreams.

Mr. Chairman,

Israel, and all the other co-sponsors, hoped for consensus on this resolution. Every country – every country – benefits from empowering its entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, the Arab Group announced that it would vote against this resolution even before the negotiations ended. What a shame.

Few places could benefit from entrepreneurship more than the Arab world. People across the Arab world have risen up precisely because they are looking for change. They are demanding better lives, better economies, and better governance. They are demanding an end to the rampant corruption, discrimination against women, and economic stagnation in their region. But the Arab delegations here today – like their governments – have not responded to these calls. Instead, by voting against this resolution, they have turned their backs on their own people – and tried to turn back the clock on the important work of this committee.

This resolution has the promise to create a better world. It represents hope and progress for people in all corners of the planet – from the highest mountains of Nepal to the lowest valleys of Bolivia, from the sands of the Sahara to the Great Barrier Reef.

Every Arab delegate who voted “no” is sending the message that he cares far more about petty politics than human prosperity. This resolution can bring innovation to those who need it most. It can move humanity forward. And we should not allow certain delegations in this hall to move it backwards.

Mr. Chairman,

Israel’s experience shows that humans are a country’s greatest natural resource. In just six decades, Israel has transitioned from a developing nation to a start-up nation. We have moved from cultivating apples to designing Apple Computers, from harvesting oranges to building Orange mobile phones. We have more start-ups per capita than any nation on the planet. Tel Aviv was even recently named the second most entrepreneurship-friendly city in the world.

These achievements are no accident. They are the result of close collaboration between business and government – and a culture that rewards risk-taking, embraces entrepreneurship, and encourages imagination.

Israel’s story shows that if you want stability, empower your people. If you want prosperity, invest in your citizens. And if you want sustainability, engage every member of society – especially women and youth.

This, above all, is the core of our resolution.

Mr. Chairman,

I would like to once again thank those countries that have worked with us tirelessly to adopt this resolution. The enthusiasm of so many in this room proves that we all share the same vision, both developing and developed nations, both North and South.

Today’s success is far from the end of our collaboration. We must now take the words from the printed page and breathe life into them. It is time that the UN puts business creation and growth at the forefront of its development policies. Regardless of size, every business venture – from a small start-up in the Amazon to the next Amazon.com – must be given the chance to thrive.

The spark of ingenuity exists in every society. All people have the opportunity to turn their dreams into reality; to turn their hopes into change. May this be the moment that the international community fully embraces entrepreneurship, so that people around the world can have a path to create a future they all can be proud of.

Thank you.

 

 

As the world looks forward to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, many have called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to recognize that this year marks the 40th anniversary of one of the darkest days in sports history. During the 1972 Munich Olympics, Palestinian terrorists known as “Black September” attacked and killed 11 athletes and coaches from the Israeli Olympic Team.

Currently, a Move.org petition calling on the IOC to formally hold a Minute of Silence at the 2012 London Olympics has over 81,000 signatories. The U.S. Senate has joined the supporters with resolution that passed unanimously yesterday, urging IOC to mark one minute of silence during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. “The Munich tragedy was an outrageous attack against innocent athletes and against the unifying spirit of the Olympics,” said co-sponsor of the bill Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). “Observing a moment of silence at the 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, when the world’s attention is focused on this symbol of international cooperation and peace, would pay tribute to the slain athletes and coaches and would send a powerful message of unity in the fight against terrorism.”

Republicans and Democrats passed the bipartisan resolution in a cooperative force that is spreading.

Eager to support the cause, the German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle penned a letter yesterday to IOC President Jacques Rogge, asking him to dedicate a moment of silence. Last week, Canada’s House of Commons adopted a motion to support the moment of remembrance. Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird phoned Rogge personally to express his support. Australians lent their voices as well, with roughly 100 lawmakers, including Prime Minister Julia Gillard, voting in favor of a motion for the moment of silence. The expressions of solidarity from around the world are a reminder of the sense of unity the Olympics are meant to symbolize, something that was tarnished during those dreadful days in the summer of 1972. The IOC must do the right thing and dedicate a moment of silence. Not because they were Israelis, but because they were Olympians.

The bi-partisan resolution’s Co-sponsors included Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) Jeff Blumenthal (D-NM), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), James Inhofe (R-OK), Herb Kohl (D-WI), James Risch (R-ID), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Scott Brown (R-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Carl Levin (D-MI), Mark Begich (D-AK), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), John Barrasso (R-WY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Robert Casey (D-PA), and John Boozman (R-AR).

June 6th. On this date, the world witnessed one of the most daring, and most courageous military operations in history. In the spring of 1944, the tide of World War II turned, beginning to mark the fall of the Nazi empire and an end to one of the darkest periods in human  history. In announcing the success of the invasion of Normandy to the American public, President Franklin D. Roosevelt described the thousands of men who stormed the beaches, saying “They fight not for the lust of conquest, they fight to end conquest.”

Sixty-eight years later, the world is still in debt to the bravery of those who served to liberate Europe. Their actions, though they preceded the founding of the State of Israel, are as celebrated in Israel today as they are in every free country on earth. America and their allies fought for the same values in 1944 that Israel covets today: democracy, freedom from oppression, and tolerance.

As we mark this important anniversary, we thank not only the men who fought so valiantly, but also those who did not serve militarily, especially women, who were not allowed to serve in combat. But they served their country nonetheless: at the factories, in the cities, and no victory would have come were it not for the dedicated efforts and shared sacrifice of those who are aptly called “The Greatest Generation.”

Sadly, this generation is aging like any other, so it is even more important that we remember their sacrifice, and honor their legacy by continuing to practice and protect the freedom that they won for future generations to come.

Toda raba.

The United States State Department condemned the rocket fire on Southern Israel today, saying, “We are deeply concerned by the renewal of violence in Southern Israel.  We condemn in the strongest terms the rocket fire from Gaza by terrorists into southern Israel in recent days, which has dramatically and dangerously escalated in the past day.  We call on those responsible to take immediate action to stop these cowardly acts. We regret the loss of life and injuries, and we call on both sides to make every effort to restore calm.”

Victims arrive at Kaplan Medical Center

On Saturday, October 29, over 20 rockets and mortars were fired from Gaza into Israel.  One man was was killed.

To watch a multi-barrel rocket launch from Gaza, click here.

Fifty-six year old Moshe Ami was on his way to buy groceries when shrapnel hit his car and wounded his abdomen. At first he was classified as a mildly injured victim and taken to Barzilai Medical Center in the city.

However his condition deteriorated quickly and surgeons were called in to try and save his life. Nearly an hour and a half later Moshe died on the operating table.

Dr. Bezalel Shaham, an orthopedist from the Kaplan Medical Center said: “Thus far we have received eight injuries as a result of the rocket fire. They include one person in moderate condition who was hit by shrapnel in his vehicle, a girl from Kiryat Malakhi who was hurt while running for cover and five people who suffered anxiety. Most of the victims will be discharged tonight.”

Meanwhile, the Education Ministry said that some 200,000 students in communities up to 40 km from the Gaza Strip will not attend school on Sunday. The communities include, among others, Beersheba, Ashdod, Ofakim, Kiryat Gat, Gan Yavne and Netivot.

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Lieberman: If Gaza rocket fire does not stop, there will be consequences

“Israel is not seeking a confrontation with the Palestinians and does not want to escalate the current situation, but it will not tolerate barrage after barrage without retaliating,” Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said during a press conference with the president of Republika Srpska on Saturday.

“I hope that already tonight neighboring countries and the international community will intervene to put a stop to the rocket fire,” he said. “If the rocket fire does not stop, there will be immediate consequences in the coming days.”

Stay tuned to IsraelPolitik for the latest.

On the 10th anniversary of September 11th, “Israel again bows its head as America mourns its loss…[and] express our solidarity with the American people and the bereaved families in this hour of remembrance.”

On this solemn day, Israeli President Shimon Peres sent this letter to U.S. President Barack Obama.

Dear President Obama,

Ten years after the heinous terror attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93, that killed over 3,000 innocent people in their wanton destructive intent, in my name and on behalf of the people of Israel, I want to express our solidarity with the American people and the bereaved families in this hour of remembrance.

September 11 was the epitome of evil, and the symbol of courage of the American people. September 11 also served as a milestone in the collective war against terror, headed by the United States, with the aim of building a better and safer world for our children and grandchildren. In its aftermath, America waged an uncompromising war on terror, culminating in the death of Osama bin Laden and freeing the world of this scourge that threatened humanity, without losing sight of the freedom and the rights of man.

We share this hour of mourning of the people of the United States, as we share the same values of democracy, freedom and respect for human life. America is an example and inspiration to us all – a nation that has strived to promote the well-being of humanity without seeking to dominate others.

We are proud to be close friends and allies with the U.S.A. The people of Israel have shared in the joys of your nation, and cried with you a decade ago on the day America was attacked. And today, we again bow our heads as America mourns its loss.

Nobody can destroy freedom. You preside over the promise that all of mankind, all human beings, can enjoy it. We trust your leadership, and are thankful for your outstanding contribution in saving the lives of the members of our delegation in Egypt at the most crucial moment.

With enormous appreciation,

 

Shimon Peres

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today (Sunday), 5.22.11, expressed his appreciation for US President Barack Obama’s remarks at the AIPAC Policy Conference.  “I share the President’s wish to promote peace and I appreciate his past and present efforts to achieve this goal.  I am determined to work with President Obama in order to find ways to resume the peace negotiations.  Peace is a vital necessity for us all,” the Prime Minister said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in response to Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas’s article in the New York Times that, “This is a gross distortion of well-known and -documented historical facts.  It was the Palestinians who rejected the partition plan for two states while the Jewish leadership accepted it.  It was the armies of Arab countries – assisted by Palestinian forces – that attacked the Jewish state in order to destroy it.  None of this is mentioned in the article.  Moreover, one could conclude from the article that the Palestinian leadership views the establishment of a Palestinian state as a means to continue the conflict with Israel instead of ending it.”

In the evening hours of Friday, March 11th, Udi Fogel, 37, and Ruth Fogel, 36, and their three children, 10-year-old Yoav, four-year-old Elad and three-month old Hadas were in a knife attack in the Israeli community of Itamar.

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World leaders joined together in their condemnation of the attack.

Israeli Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu:

“I would like to express my deep outrage, outrage which is certainly felt by every Israeli over the murder of a young family – father, mother, eleven-year-old boy, four-year-old-boy and four-month-old girl.  Three orphaned children have been left in this family.  One of the girls saw her parents and siblings stabbed to death.  The family was brutally murdered in their sleep on the Sabbath.  We embrace and support the orphans and the other members of the family.  We embrace and support our brothers who reside in Judea and Samaria.  Do not be disheartened.  I know that this is a difficult time for us, but the entire nation is with you.  Since the disaster, this awful murder, became known I have held discussions with Defense Minister Ehud Barak, IDF Chief-of-Staff, Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, ISA Director Yuval Diskin and other senior security officials.  I instructed them to make every effort to find the murderers and not to rest until they have been found and brought to justice.

I expect the international community to sharply and unequivocally condemn this murder, the murder of children.  I have noticed that several countries that always hasten to the UN Security Council in order to condemn Israel, the state of the Jews, for planning a house in some locality, or for laying some tiles somewhere have been dilatory in sharply condemning the murder of Jewish infants.  I expect them to issue such condemnations immediately, without balances, without understandings, without justifications.  There is no justification and there can be neither excuse nor forgiveness for the murder of children.  I expect a similar condemnation, and I demand a similar condemnation, from the Palestinian Authority.  I am disappointed by the weak and mumbled statements.  This is not how one condemns terrorism.  This is not how one fights terrorism.  See how Israeli prime ministers, myself among them, have reacted in similar situations, but there has never been anything like this, in which terrorists entered a home and cut children’s throats.

This requires sharp and unequivocal condemnation. This requires something else.  This requires a halt to the incitement.  I demand that the Palestinian Authority stop the incitement that is conducted on a daily basis in their schools, mosques and the media under their control.  The time has come to stop this double-talk in which the Palestinian Authority outwardly talks peace, and allows – and sometimes leads – incitement at home.  The time has come to stop the incitement and begin educating their people for peace.

Despite all the awful pain, I call upon all Israelis to act responsibly, with restraint, and not to take the law into their own hands.  When one takes the law into his own hands, there is no law.  The IDF and the security forces will carry out their responsibilities; only they.  We will not allow terrorism to determine the settlement map.  The settlement map will be determined by Government policy, which is in accordance with our national interests, with security first and foremost.  Terrorism will not determine the settlement map.  We will determine it.”

United States President Barack Obama:

“There is no possible justification for the killing of parents and children in their home. We call on the Palestinian Authority to unequivocally condemn this terrorist attack.”

United States Secretary of State Hilary Clinton:

“I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the brutal murder of an Israeli family early Saturday morning in the West Bank. The United States condemns this appalling attack in the strongest possible terms. To kill three innocent children and their parents while they sleep is an inhuman crime for which there can be no justification. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims and with all the people of Israel. The murderers must be found and brought to justice. Israeli security forces have launched a thorough investigation and we look to the Palestinian authorities to assist in every way possible.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas:

“Violence will only bring more violence – we must hurry to find a comprehensive, just solution to the conflict.”

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad:

“I say that in regards to what happened (Saturday) in Itamar settlement — and the victims were a toddler and two children, the father and mother — exactly as we have always said against violence … we refuse this and condemn it. We refuse and condemn violence, whatever the reasons are or the perpetrators or targets or victims.”



Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes the statement of the Egyptian military that Egypt will continue to honor the peace treaty with Israel:

“The longstanding peace treaty between Israel and Egypt has greatly contributed to both countries and is the cornerstone for peace and stability in the entire Middle East.”

To learn more about the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, click here.