Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Israel Helping the Real World

Today, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs opened a symposium being conducted by MASHAV, the Foreign Ministry's Center for International Cooperation and Israel's national agency for international development cooperation, for the staff of its training centers.

It is incredible to visit this center to see how so many in the real world relates to Israel in such a positive waqy. The work of MASHAV does not attract the attention of the world media since it disturbs their agenda concerning Israel. The Deputy FM said, "MASHAV is an important tool of the Israel Foreign Ministry to cope with the growing Iranian presence in Latin America."

Against the backdrop of talks on Israel's accession to the OECD, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, he stressed that "Israel is committed to meeting the challenges of development. MASHAV is a very important element in Israel's foreign policy - morally, politically and economically."

MASHAV conducts an extensive training program both in Israel and abroad in a wide variety of fields, such as agriculture, health, the empowerment of women, socio-economic development and more. The work is carried out at professional training centers, in cooperation with relevant government ministries. To date, over the course of over 50 years, MASHAV has provided hands-on instruction to over a quarter of a million trainees in Israel and abroad.

MASHAV experts translate Israel's desire to share experience and expertise with other countries into action. "The knowledge that we share with the nations of the world helps improve life in many countries while strengthening our ties with them," said the Deputy Foreign Minister

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