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BDS Movement Suffers Defeats on Several Fronts

Israel Celebrates Diplomatic, Cultural and Economic Ties

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28 Nov 2018 (All day)
BDS Movement Suffers Defeats on Several Fronts
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered several crushing defeats this week on the diplomatic, economic and cultural fronts. Perhaps the most significant event occurred on Tuesday evening when visiting Czech President Milos Zeman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu jointly presided over a ceremony inaugurating a “Czech House” facility just outside the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City while broadly hinting that it is the precursor to a full-fledged Embassy in Israel’s capital city.

“In near future, I firmly believe – and deep in my heart I do believe – we shall overcome, there will be not only the embassy, but also a nice Czech tavern with good Czech beer,” Zeman said at the ceremony at the Cinematheque building in Jerusalem. “I firmly believe that my fourth visit to Israel will be the opening of the Czech Embassy.”

Here is a video of the joint statements by Zeman and Netanyahu

On the cultural front, Israel hosted Michelin star chefs Ciro Scamardella and Giancarlo Morelli for “Italian Culinary Week” in cooperation with the Italian Foreign Ministry and ENIT, Israel’s tourism promotion agency. Events were held at celebrated Italian restaurants in major Israeli cities as well as the residence of Italian Ambassador to Israel Gianluigi Benedetti. Additionally, events were held to highlight the health benefits of the “Mediterranean diet” in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Health.

Elsewhere, the armed forces of South Korea announced on Tuesday that they plan to buy two Israeli-produced Green Pine Block C radar systems to augment their defenses against air and missile attack. Unofficial estimates put the value of the deal at around $292 million. Also on Tuesday, British trade minister Liam Fox arrived in Israel for discussions on how to boost trade volumes with Israel, already listed by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics at $9.5 billion in 2017, in light of the upcoming British exit from the European Union.

Here is the video of Fox's meeting with Netanyahu

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