Sunday, September 24, 2017

EMBASSY OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL

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EMBASSY OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL
Chancery: Bulevar kneza Aleksandra Karadjordjevića 47, Belgrade
Tel: +381 (11) 3643-500
Fax: +381 (11) 3643-555
E-mail: info@belgrade.mfa.gov.il
Web page: http://embassies.gov.il/Beograd/Pages/default.aspx


Working hours:
Monday – Friday: 09.00-16.00h (Chancery)
Monday – Friday: 10.00-13.00h (Consular Section)


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H.E. Alona Fisher-Kamm

H.E. Alona Fisher-Kamm

  • Professional Experience at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    2013-2016 Head of Training Bureau
    2009-2011 Director of Training Department
    2009-2010 National Security College
    2004-2008 DCM, Embassy of Israel, Madrid
    2002-2004 Deputy Director, Multilateral Peace Talks Department
    1998-2002 Media Adviser and Spokesperson, Embassy of Israel, Paris
    1995-1998 First Secretary, Latin American Department
    1992-1995 Culture, Media and Public Diplomacy, Embassy of Israel, Buenos Aires
    Academic studies
    PhD. Political Science, Tel Aviv University “Israel in the Intellectual Discourse of the Left in Europe – The Framing of Israel in the Media in Spain, France and Britain”
    2010-2015 PhD. Student, Political Science, Tel Aviv University (with honors)
    2009-2010 M.A. Studies, National Security College and Haifa University
    1995-1998 M.A. Studies in Political Science, Tel Aviv University (with honors)
    1986-1989 B.A. Studies in Political Science, Tel Aviv University (with honors)
    Other Academic Activities
    2014-2015 Senior Fellow, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, Hartog School, Tel Aviv University; Research on Innovation in the Public Sector
    2013-2014 Fellow, Forum for Liberal Nationalism, Menachem Begin Heritage Center, Jerusalem
    Languages
    Hebrew, English, French, Spanish
    Personal
    Born in Tel Aviv. Married with four children.

National Day: May 6th (2014) – Independence Day

Israel

Officially the State of Israel (Hebrew: מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל‎ Medīnat Yisrā’el ; Arabic: دولة إِسْرَائِيل‎ Dawlat Isrāʼīl ), is a sovereign state in Western Asia. The country is situated in the Middle East at the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea. It shares land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories (which are claimed by the State of Palestine and are partially controlled by Israel) comprising the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the east and west, respectively, and Egypt to the southwest. It contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. Israel’s financial and technology center is Tel Aviv, while Jerusalem is both its self-designated capital (unrecognised by the United Nations) and the most populous individual city under the country’s governmental administration. Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem is internationally disputed.

On 29 November 1947, the United Nations General Assembly recommended the adoption and implementation of the Partition Plan for Mandatory Palestine. This UN plan specified borders for new Arab and Jewish states and also specified an area of Jerusalem and its environs which was to be administered by the UN under an international regime. The end of the British Mandate for Palestine was set for midnight on 14 May 1948. That day, David Ben-Gurion, the Executive Head of the Zionist Organization and president of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, declared “the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz Israel, to be known as the State of Israel,” which would start to function from the termination of the mandate. The borders of the new state were not specified in the declaration. Neighboring Arab armies invaded the former Palestinian mandate on the next day and fought the Israeli forces. Israel has since fought several wars with neighboring Arab states, in the course of which it has occupied the West Bank, Sinai Peninsula (1956–57, 1967–82), part of South Lebanon (1982–2000), Gaza Strip (1967-2005; still considered occupied after 2005 disengagement) and the Golan Heights. It extended its laws to the Golan Heights and East Jerusalem, but not the West Bank. Efforts to resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict have not resulted in peace. However, peace treaties between Israel and both Egypt and Jordan have successfully been signed. Israel’s occupation of Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem is the world’s longest military occupation in modern times.

The population of Israel, as defined by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, was estimated in 2014 to be 8,146,300 people. It is the world’s only Jewish-majority state, with 6,212,000 citizens, or 74.9% of Israelis, being designated as Jewish. The country’s second largest group of citizens are denoted as Arabs, numbering 1,718,400 people (including the Druze and most East Jerusalem Arabs). The great majority of Israeli Arabs are settled Sunni Muslims, with smaller but significant numbers of semi-settled Negev Bedouins; the rest are Christians and Druze. Other far smaller minorities include Maronites, Samaritans, Dom people and Roma, Black Hebrew Israelites, other Sub-Saharan Africans, Armenians, Circassians, Vietnamese boat people, and others. Israel also hosts a significant population of non-citizen foreign workers and asylum seekers from Africa and Asia.

In its Basic Laws, Israel defines itself as a Jewish and Democratic State. Israel is a representative democracy with a parliamentary system, proportional representation and universal suffrage. The Prime Minister serves as head of government and the Knesset serves as the legislative body. Israel is a developed country and an OECD member, with the 37th-largest economy in the world by nominal gross domestic product as of 2014. The country benefits from a highly skilled workforce and is among the most educated countries in the world with the one of the highest percentage of its citizens holding a tertiary education degree. The country has the highest standard of living in the Middle East and the fourth highest in Asia, and has one of the highest life expectancies in the world.

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