Israel Seeks AU Observer Status

first_imgIsraeli President Reuren Rivlin has asked Liberia, through President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who is currently on a state visit to Israel, to see whether she could influence her colleagues in the African Union (AU) to grant Israel an observer status at the continental body. A report in the Jerusalem Post quoted President Sirleaf as saying that many African countries “have friends on both sides, and we have relationships on both sides,” referring to the Palestinian – Israeli conflict. She, however, pledged Liberia’s support, saying if there is a way to help, she would do so.“One of the things we all say is that we need peace in the world,” President Sirleaf told her Israeli counterpart.Liberia, along with other African countries, severed relations with the State of Israel in 1973 in the aftermath of the Yom Kippur War. The Yom Kippur War (also known as the Ramadan War and the October War) was a war between Israel and a group of Arab countries led by Egypt and Syria. The war took place from October 6-24, 1973. The war began on the Jewish festival of Yom Kippur in 1973, which corresponds with the Muslim month of Ramadan. The attack by Egypt and Syria was a surprise to Israel. Egypt’s army entered the Sinai Peninsula, and Syria’s army entered the Golan Heights.Although Liberia renewed its relationship with Israel in August 1983, the Liberian civil war of 1990 caused Israel to close its embassy in Monrovia. However, relations were upgraded following President Sirleaf’s election in 2006. During her visit recently, President Sirleaf commented on religious fundamentalism that is now plaguing the world, and informed the Israeli President that West Africa has been hit by terrorism, instigated by Muslim fundamentalists. “This kind of penetration by terrorists can undermine the peace we have had; and Liberia can benefit in this regard from any additional knowledge and intelligence that Israel has to offer,” she added.President Sirleaf previously visited Israel in 2007, and was in the country Tuesday to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Haifa.According to a report by the Jerusalem Post, the two leaders discussed the long friendship between their countries, with President Sirleaf commenting that the relationship goes back to Israel’s very beginnings as a state. Liberia voted in favor of the partition of Palestine in the United Nations vote taken on November 29, 1947. The report described President Sirleaf as soft spoken and an extraordinarily influential woman, who has spent a couple of spells in prison on political grounds and who has served in senior positions at the United Nations, the World Bank and other prestigious financial institutions.“Her role models used to be powerful women such as Margaret Thatcher and Indira Gandhi, in whose footsteps she followed until she ran into Nelson Mandela,” the newspaper wrote about President Sirleaf’s past struggles for justice and democracy in Liberia.With reference to Nelson Mandela, President Sirleaf said, “He made us more conscious of humanity. We have tried to bring back some of the freedoms lost during years of militancy and conflict.”The paper made further reference to the Ebola crisis, and noted that Ebola was more than a health crisis for Liberia. It also affected the country’s economy. Many investors left the country and it is now going through a period of re-growth.“Similarly, during the years of conflict as well as the health crisis the educated class left the country, and Liberia is now in the process of rebuilding its education system,” the newspaper reported.“The challenges are many, but we continue to be resilient,” Madam Sirleaf was quoted as saying.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgFour Masters GAA Club Notes:Club Adult Membership: Membership is now due. It must be paid by 31st March 2015 in line with Official Guide Croke Park and club policy.Cost is only €50.00 per adult over 18 years of age. It should be paid to Shirley Doherty Senior Registrar 087 3140486 or Paul Timoney 087 2791305. Paul will be available in Abbey Hotel Monday evenings 9pm- 9.30pm.Club Lotto: The club lotto currently stands at 5,100 euro. Last weeks numbers were 4, 5, 6 and 21.The lotto can be played online at or contact Paul Timoney on 0872791305 if interested in signing up for the lotto weekly.It costs €100 to sign up for the year, with all money going towards the upkeep of the club. Virtual Sod: the virtual sod fundraiser is ongoing in the club with lots of members signing up so far.The cost of the virtual sod is €20 with all people signed up receiving a certificate and their name going on a large wall display in Tir Conaill.Contact Eamonn Gorrell (08766740053) or Deborah Rose (0879860192) if you wish to support the club in this fundraiser. All money raised goes towards the ongoing developments in Tir Conaill.National Club Draw Tickets: the club will be circulating tickets to certain members to buy or sell. These tickets cost €10.All monies will go towards the club with ticket stubs being returned to Croke Park for draw on 17th March 2015. Please support as this draw helps to pay club levies and registration due early January.There are a number of excellent prizes on offer, contact any senior or executive club members if interested in buying a ticket.Could we remind all sellers to return monies and stubs to Paul Timoney when sold.Score of the Year: Well done and congratulations to former club player Denise Dunnion who won score of the year in Ladies football from Jerome Quinn Media. Denise won the New York championship this year alongside Niamh Curristan, with her score coming in the final.Donegal Yearbook and book of Donegal GAA Facts: These two new excellent books are now on sale in Liam Mullins shop and Conways shop beside SuperValu.The Donegal yearbook has a club report from every club in Donegal as well as reviews of the Senior and Minor teams year.The book of Donegal GAA facts was written by Father Sean Gallagher from Gweedore. It contains all key dates in Doengal GAA history and more, an excellent piece of work.Indoor Training: Football coaching for 4 and 5 year old boys starts back on Tuesday 13th at 5:45pm in the AVS Gym. The training covers all the basics of fundamental movements and ball skils with all parents encouraged to help out. New players always welcome.Club App: We have now 127 members signed up to our FREE mobile app. This is easiest way to stay in touch with the latest club news as it can viewed via your mobile phone. If you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for Four Masters GAA Club.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store2. Search for Team App3. Install Team App to your phone4. Search for Four Masters GAA Club5. Log in and register for the Four Masters GAA Club app.6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system.Lucozade Sport Kit Out Project: Four Masters U16′s boys football team have signed up for the Lucozade Sport Kit Out Project to try and get new jerseys for 2015.They are asking for your support. 2000 points are required to get 20 new jerseys.Each bottle of lucozade sport counts as one point, with the March 31st the closing date. Text 0860523905 with your bottle code and it will be added.Club Notes: any club managers, mentors, or members who wish to have information included in the club notes should email [email protected] before Monday night to ensure it is included.GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS LADIES STAR DENISE DUNNION AWARDED SCORE OF THE YEAR was last modified: January 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:four mastersGAANoticesSportlast_img read more