15 December 2018 - 8 Tevet 5779 - ח' טבת ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Indonesian paper publishes letter signed by Israel's Majalli Whbee E-mail

Indonesia’s main English language newspaper, The Jakarta Post, published a letter signed by Israel’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Majalli Whbee. The letter reportedly called upon Indonesia to take a greater role in the Middle East peace process.

This publication is of considerable significance as the first published letter by an Israeli diplomat in the Muslim nation’s press. It was even more remarkable in light of the fact that Indonesia and Israel do not have established diplomatic relations.

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Hindu-Jewish summit held in Israel E-mail

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Majalli Whbee,  hosted the second Hindu-Jewish summit on 18 February. The delegations included senior religious leaders, researchers and politicians.

The first summit took place last year in New Delhi. This year, the aim of the summit, was the signing of a joint declaration in praise of religious tolerance and of interfaith and intercultural discussion and discourse as a means of promoting peace and stability between all religions in the world.

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Arrests of militants plotting attacks on embassies in Manila E-mail

Two Arab militants were arrested in the Philippines for alleged involvement in attempting to coordinate attacks on the embassies of Israel, the US, Australia and the UK in Manila.

The two men were picked up in raids on the island of Mindanao after weeks of surveillance.

The men were brought to Manila for further questioning  and it was reported that documents detailing bombing threats to the embassies were also recovered in the raid.

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Prime Minister Olmert on diplomatic visit to Japan E-mail

By Erica Lyons
Managing Editor

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert shaking hands with Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert embarked on a visit to Japan, this week, for scheduled talks with Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda and Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura. It is reported that efforts were also under way to arrange a meeting with Japan’s Emperor Akihito.

Olmert last visited Japan in April 2005 as deputy prime minister and trade minister. In July 2006, then premier, Junichiro Koizumi visited Israel for talks with Olmert.

The current talks will focus on a wide range of political and economic issues. Japan’s increasing role in the Middle East Peace Process has been sited as the impetus behind this effort on the part of both nations.

It is expected that the parties will sign a memorandum of understanding. Israel is continuing to seek a Japanese commitment for direct flights from Tokyo as well as a free-trade agreement.

Prime Minister Olmert was accompanied by a delegation of over twenty business and industry leaders.

Also on the agenda during the talks, will be the Japanese proposal to lead the establishment of an agro-industrial region in the West Bank to help bring jobs to the Palestinians in the West Bank as well as Japan’s interest in promoting the joint Israel-Jordanian-Japanese-Palestinian “peace corridor” in the Jericho area.

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Israel's defense industry is flying high at Singapore Airshow 2008 E-mail

The Singapore Air Show is Asia’s largest aerospace and defense event and remains one of the top three air shows in the world. This years event was held from 19 to 24 February.

The show continues to serve as a global marketplace and networking platform for the civil aviation and military community. The show has been held in Singapore for 26 years.

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