Israel Celebrates 70th Anniversary, Underscores Relations with Liberia

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Israeli Ambassador to Liberia and Ghana, Ami Mehl, speaking at the 70th Independence anniversary of the State of Israel on Thursday, April 26, 2018.

Israeli Ambassador to Liberia and Ghana Ami Mehl has said his country is prepared to assist Liberia in various areas of expertise, including technology, agriculture, security, trade etc., in order to consolidate the bilateral ties that exist between the two countries.

Ambassador Mehl made the statement recently when his country, through the Israel mission in Liberia celebrated her 70th Independence Anniversary for the first time in Liberia in 30 years.

Israel and Liberia’s relations date as far back as the 1950s when Israeli Foreign Minister Golda Meir in 1958 established a relationship with Liberia during her tour of Africa between 1956 and 1966.

Liberia in 1947 cast the deciding vote at the United Nations (UN), leading to the establishment of the State of Israel.

Liberia and Israel have enjoyed mutual relations over the years since its establishment. The relationship was, however, interrupted by the civil war.

The relationship was infused with new energy in 2017, with a visit to Liberia of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was invited by then ECOWAS chairperson, outgoing Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, to address the summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Prime Minister Netanyahu, who toured other parts of Africa at the time, indicated in his speech during the ECOWAS Summit that Israel was prepared to use that occasion to explore Africa for mutually beneficial opportunities.

“The State of Israel has managed to change within 70 years from a country that mainly focused on export of oranges to a country that exports technological innovations.  Israel has become synonymous to quality as well, and her businesses would be happy to share with Liberia the Israeli technological abilities for the benefit of all Liberia,” Ambassador Mehl emphasized.

As a manifestation of consolidating the ties between Israel and Liberia, Ambassador Mehl said his country’s well-known agency for international development otherwise referred to as MASHAV is involved in ongoing projects in aqua culture and emergency medicine, with more expected to come.

In technology, Israel has invested also in water treatment, recycling of sewage water, water purification and sea water desalination, and has become world-class in Cyber Technology.

Ambassador Mehl disclosed that in the upcoming summer 10 Liberians will go to Israel for a one-year program of training in agriculture.

Furthermore, the Israeli diplomat said Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor is expected to participate in a Women Leadership conference in Israel soon.

He also said they are planning on a convenient time and date to be set for President George Weah to visit Israel.

The 70th Independence Anniversary of Israel in Monrovia was attended by resident diplomats and scores of government officials, including Minister of State Nathaniel McGill and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Elias Shoniyin.

Speaking on behalf of the Government of Liberia, Minister Shoniyin recalled that relations between Israel and Liberia have yielded fruits for both countries as evidenced by Liberia’s role in the establishment of Israel and benefits including scholarships, security training and infrastructural and agricultural projects Israel has in return given to Liberia.

He called on the Israeli Government to reactivate all agreements made with Liberia since 1962.

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  1. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in public remarks at a cabinet meeting on the payment program, said a barrier Israel completed in 2013 along its border with Egypt had effectively cut off a stream of “illegal infiltrators” from Africa after some 60,000 crossed the desert frontier.

    The vast majority came from Eritrea and Sudan and many said they fled war and persecution as well as economic hardship, but Israel treats them as economic migrants. . . .

    “We have expelled about 20,000 and now the mission is to get the rest out,” Netanyahu said.

    An immigration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there are some 38,000 migrants living illegally in Israel, and some 1,420 are being held in two detention centers.” – Reuters

    These people are not our friends. The yonly come when they need something like our vote in the UN.

    • What about Liberia’s constitution that states that no person of non-negroid descent can be a citizen, all in the name of protecting our cultural heritage? Israel is a small country with similar history to Liberia in terms of people who have been procecuted and murdered and have gone back to their indigenous homeland. With their history they will do anything to protect their population and state, not to be the minority in their own homeland.

  2. On March 17, one of Israel’s two chief rabbis, Yitzhak Yosef, called black people “monkeys” and the Hebrew equivalent of the N-word in his weekly sermon.

    It’s unclear if Yosef’s recent comments were directly connected to the Israeli government’s impending expulsion of approximately 40,000 African refugees, mainly Christians and Muslims from Eritrea and Sudan.

    The government has already coerced more than a third of the African refugee community in Israel, over 20,000 souls, to return to Africa. Israeli journalists have revealed in recent months that the government’s promises to secure status for them in Rwanda or Uganda were only a ruse, devised to deport them back into a stateless existence- with their ostensible acquiescence. – Al jazeera

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced an unspecified international deal to expel some 40,000 African asylum seekers from the country. The Israeli Cabinet also voted to shut down a migration center.” DW

  3. We can learn from Israel’s success story instead of always begging other nations to take care of Liberia.

    Why is it that a country established just 70 years ago should take care of a country that was established 170 years ago?

    Let us look at some of the things that make Israel so successful:
    1. The influx of highly skilled Jewish immigrant with dual-citizenship from the Diaspora unlike Liberia where dual-citizenship is constitutionally prohibited.

    2. Israel has a highly skilled workforce fueled by local Jews and highly skilled Jews coming from the Diaspora; unlike Liberia that lacks a highly skilled workforce.

    3. The high standard of living in Israel unlike the poor living standard in Liberia.

    4. Israel is advance in Science and Technology unlike Liberia with one university (Tubman University) gear toward science and technology.

    5. Israel has advance transportation system unlike Liberia where public transportation is relatively dangerous (motor bites) and hardly functional.

    6. Israel has abundant solar energy unlike Liberia with abundant sunshine but lacks the ability to harness the sun’s energy.

    7. Israel (8.8 million people) has twice the population of Liberia (4.4 million people) but Israel Per Capita Income: $42,000 while Liberia’s Per Capita Income is $475. The list of Israel remarkable achievements in just 70 years could go on and on.

    Israel, despite its territorial problems with its neighbor, Israel believes in: “The hope and yearnings of Jews living in exile (Diaspora) to return to Israel are an important theme of the Jewish belief system.”

    What is the Liberian Belief System? When will Liberia try to reconnect, try to reconcile, and try to identify with Liberians living in the Diaspora? Not only when Liberians at home need money!!!!

    Unlike Liberia, Jewish immigrant coming from the Diaspora are given dual-citizenship, and they contribute immensely to Israel’s economic success. Liberia can do the same for its citizens living in the diaspora by giving them dual-citizenship if Liberia wants to advance economically and stop depending on hands-out from countries that are younger than Liberia.

    Happy 70th Anniversary Israel!!!!

    • Conneh, you are so right. Most Liberians believe that the only way they can progress is to depend on the government, and when the government come to their aid, they take advantage of the government by stealing from the government. After 170 years we do not have anything to show but big mouth with all the resources we got including rubbers and many minerals resources.I don’t know about you, but I was in Monrovia in the early 70s when the Late president Tolbert wanted all Liberian to be self sufficient, hard and
      work, instead of taking up his call, Liberians decided to killed him, and since than Liberia has gone down hill. Today we do not have any Liberians leader with vision, instead we only have followers.

  4. Do you know the total amount of US tax payer money that goes to Isreal? Please don’t compare sleep and coma.

    • Jerry,

      #1 Jewish Americans are the biggest contributors per capita to that GDP and tax payer base #2 No money actually gets sent to Israel (which you can’t even spell) They are the form of defense aid, and 100% of that credit needs to be spent here in the USA which supports many defense manufacturing jobs #3 With those arms that are purchased, Israel is the only country that does value add R&D and makes design changes to improve our own military’s technological edge. Iron dome for instance was developed in Israel and then funded by the USA as they found value for themselves.

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