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Friends of Israel Initiative launched at US Congress as resolution is introduced in the House
The Friends of Israel Initiative continued its international launch program with a breakfast for Senators and Representatives at the United States Congress in Washington D.C. on Wednesday.
The previous evening a resolution supporting the Initiative was introduced in the House of Representatives.
The breakfast was hosted by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), the original sponsors of the resolution. The bi-partisan group was also joined by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT).
Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, and Ambassador John Bolton thanked the assembled members of Congress for their support and along with other attending members of the Friends of Israel Initiative board -- Andrew Roberts, Roberto Agostinelli and Carlos Bustelo -- were each handed a blue, leather bound copy of the Congressional resolution.
Mr. Aznar also took the opportunity to announce that former Czech President and one time dissident playwright Vaclav Havel had become the latest world figure to join up with the Initiative.
The resolution itself is H.Con Res. 315 "Recognizing the formation and supporting the objectives of the Friends of Israel Initiative." It calls on Congress to recognize the formation of the Initiative, to affirm its goals as laid down in its mission statement as well as reaffirming Congress’s "enduring bipartisan support" for the US-Israeli relationship and for Israel’s right to exist as a secure and democratic Jewish state.
FOII’s Chairman Jose Maria Aznar highlighted in the House of Commons that ’our future is alongside Israel, not apart from her’
The former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, John Baird, the former Foreign and Defense Minister of Czech Republic, Alexandr Vondra, and the former United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes, Pierre Richard Prospe
On 16-18 September, FOII held the Annual Board Members Meeting in Dallas, Texas. The Board Members celebrated the Fifth Anniversary of the Friends of Israel Initiative and drew the lines of the Initiative for the next years to come,
The former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Uri Rosenthal, and the former Head of the Intelligence in India, Vikram Sood, have joined the Board of the Friend of Israel Initiative as Members.
June 2-3, Madrid
FOII gathered top experts to debate on the Middle East after the Nuclear Deal.
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