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"In Central Africa, Israelis fuel development"

Thursday, 17 June 2010


“Africa is important to us for a number of reasons,” Rosen said. “Currently, three members of the U.N. Security Council are from Africa: Gabon, Uganda and Nigeria. At the U.N., their votes are critical in such things as sanctions against Iran.” On June 9, all three countries voted to support the sanctions; behind-the-scenes lobbying by Jewish groups preceded the vote. Israel’s involvement in Central Africa also can help combat Iran’s growing influence here, Rosen said, noting the increasing influence of Iran-backed Hezbollah in Cote d’Ivoire.


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"Biden and Israel"

Saturday, 05 June 2010

“He’s clearly a friend of Israel and what he did was a very courageous thing to do in the face of worldwide criticism,” said Jack Rosen, a Biden friend who chairs the American Council for World Jewry.


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"Now batting for Israel: Joe Biden"

Saturday, 05 June 2010

On Tuesday in New York, Vice President Joe Biden was feeling Israel's pain. "I think Israel has an absolute right to deal with its security interest," he told Charlie Rose on his interview show. "I mean, again, look, you can argue whether Israel should have dropped people onto that ship or not and the — but the truth of the matter is, Israel has a right to know — they're at war with Hamas — has a right to know whether or not arms are being smuggled in."


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"We Can’t Afford to Give Up on the United Nations"

Monday, 15 March 2010

For many Americans, and most Israelis, the words “United Nations” conjure up an image of an albatross at best, and a vulture at worst. Anti-Israel agendas, advanced by Islamic nations, routinely dominate the General Assembly and the U.N. human rights entities. Without the American veto, Israel would long ago have been the target of hostile binding resolutions in the Security Council.

Yet, for all this, we must resist the temptation to give up on the U.N.

The recent catastrophe in Haiti showcased one of the U.N.’s most indispensable roles. U.N. agencies form the backbone of the aid effort there. From Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and special envoy Bill Clinton on down, U.N. officials coordinated fundraising and diplomacy so that nearly four million people have received food assistance and 350,000 have received shelter.

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The Forward shows some love for the UN

Friday, 12 March 2010

The Forward is the oldest American Jewish periodical.  From about the turn of the 19th century to the mid 1980s it published exclusively in Yiddish. Today it has seperate Yiddish and English editions, though circulation of the English edition dwarfs the Yiddishkite.

The point is, it’s got major street-cred among American Jews.  Naturally, I was very pleased to see this commentary about the United Nations from Jack Rosen, Chairman of the Council of World Jewry, found in the pages of The Forward:

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