Shimon Peres Applauds KH-UIA and Yakir Award Recipients   

on  26/07/2012 
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Speaking directly to a spirited audience of distinguished KH-UIA leaders, at the prestigious Yakir Award Ceremony, that opened the 2012 Keren Hayesod World Conference on June 18, President Peres applauded Keren Hayesod – UIA work and achievement, while personally congratulating the Yakir Award recipients.

Speaking directly to a spirited audience of distinguished KH-UIA leaders, at the prestigious Yakir Award Ceremony, that opened the 2012 Keren Hayesod World Conference on June 18, President Peres applauded Keren Hayesod – UIA work and achievement, while personally congratulating the Yakir Award recipients. 

Referring to Keren Hayesod as "one of our most building instruments of the State of Israel", the President spoke of KH-UIA’s important strategic partnership with Israel, geared at building the future. He was happy to note KH-UIA'a partnership with the 2012 Israeli Presidential Conference "Tomorrow".  President Peres spoke of the unique contribution of the Jewish people to mankind, especially in the fields of politics, social justice and science. He stressed the fact that Israel’s far-reaching accomplishments during the past 64 years have relied solely on its human capital.
 
The President praised Keren Hayesod for its incredibly forward-looking vision and effective work. Describing KH-UIA as prophetic, Peres compared it to the Hebrew language, which has only two tenses - past and future, claiming that KH-UIA chose to focus its energy on the future, leaving the past to others.
 
Shimon Peres described Keren Hayesod as the constructive builder of a Jewish future, humorously attributing its success, as well as the achievements of the State of Israel, to the Jewish trait of ‘dissatisfaction’, which has translated into permanent striving for a better world. The President presented Israel’s outstanding accomplishments within the context of its tiny territorial and geographic proportions, pointing out that it constitutes 1,000th of the entire Middle East.
 
Peres took the opportunity to share his views on the relationship between globalization and weakened national leadership worldwide, asserting that global forces now control national economies and that globalized terror makes terror control at national levels practically impossible. But Peres was quick to point out the benefits of globalization which has worked to rid the world of racism and has encouraged positive international relations. He pointed out, that while governments are becoming less centralized, volunteerism is kicking in and non-governmental sectors based on good will are gaining power and significance.
 
Referring to the political upheavals of the Middle East and what he termed a difficult 'transition period', Peres maintained that regardless of individual election outcomes, at the end of the day the real winners will be those countries who bring more freedom, dignity and prosperity to their people. He asserted that the more this becomes a reality, the better the outlook for the entire region, including Israel.

 



 
 

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