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EJC President Pierre Besnainou Meets with Palestininan Authority President Mahmoud Abbas - Abducted IDF Soldier in Good Health
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EJC President Pierre Besnainou Meets with Palestininan Authority President Mahmoud Abbas - Abducted IDF Soldier in Good Health

The abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is in good health, the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas informed European Jewish Congress (EJC) President Pierre Besnainou in their September 13th Ramallah meeting.

This meeting follows the bi-annual Jerusalem EJC Executive Meeting from September 11-13, where 16 Jewish leaders from nine countries gathered to discuss strategy and meet the Israeli leadership, including Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Minister of Defence Amir Peretz, Vice-Prime Minister Shimon Peres and President Moshe Katzav.

In their meeting, the EJC President and President Abbas analysed and evaluated the diplomatic impasse prevalent in the region, and discussed ways to renew dialogue. To meet these ends, President Besnainou suggested to Mahmoud Abbas that he encourage normalization between Israel and moderate Arab states such as Morocco and Tunisia.

In response to Besnainou's question about the welfare of the abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, Mahmoud Abbas replied that Shalit is in good physical condition. The Palestinian president confined that he is optimistic about his release.

EJC Executive Meeting

Following on the EJC's July Solidarity Mission to Israel, the EJC Executive met again during this trip with Israeli leaders to receive an update on developments in Israel following this summer's conflict, and to discuss Europe's increasingly important role in in the region.

The EJC Executive also travelled to the north of Israel, up to the Lebanese border, where they were received at the city hall of Karmiel. They then visited the Zvi Hospital in Tsfat, where they met with the director of the hospital. In Kiryat Shmona, a city that was under constant attack from Hezbollah rockets, the delegation was addressed by Mayor Chaim Barbibay at the City Hall.

The delegation was led by EJC President Pierre Besanainou, and composed of Chief Rabbi Yaakov Bleich (Ukraine), Solomon Bukingolts (Russia), Raphaël Cohen (Spain), EJC Secretary General Serge Cwajgenbaum (France), Henry Grunwald (Great Britain), Flo Kaufmann (Great Britain), Charlotte Knobloch (Germany), Ariel Muzicant (Austria), Alexander Rutman (Latvia), Aurel Vainer (Romania), Ruben Vis (Netherlands), Bobby Brown (Israel), Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt (Russia), Lionel Kopelowitz (Great Britain) and Myriam Glikerman (France).

Thursday, September 13, 2012
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