Presidential Medal of Distinction to President Bill Clinton
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton accepted Israel’s President’s Award from Israeli President Shimon Peres, the sixth recipient of the award, in a ceremony today at Jerusalem’s International Convention Center
“You became a leader of humanity by inspiring and not imposing, ” said President Peres. Your unwavering commitment to the Jewish people and your moving support for the State of Israel will always be cherished. The future will hang up on your immeasurable contribution.”
In his acceptance speech, Clinton said“I accept this award The first step of building a new tomorrow is to get rid of the things that divide us, including seeing ourselves as victims, ” said Clinton. “There are no final victories. There are no perfect warriors for peace. There are no flawless leaders. There is no perfect answer to any of this
The lesson of Shimon Peres is not to give up and give in, but to get up and keep going.”
The five previous recipients of the award are U.S. President Barack Obama, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Maestro Zubin Mehta, Rabbi Adin Even Yisrael-Steinsaltz and the Rashi Foundation.
Also present for the award, which took place during the opening plenary session, “Leadership that Makes a Difference, ” were official Middle East Quartet envoy and Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Newly elected Pope Francis has sent 90th birthday greetings to Shimon Peres, which are so well written that we have decided to publish the message in full below:
“On the happy occasion of your ninetieth birthday, I am pleased to send cordial greetings along with the assurance of my prayers for Your Excellency and for all who share this celebration with you. I renew my thanks for the kind visit that you paid me at the end of April, and for our fruitful exchange on a number of matters of common interest to the Holy See and the State of Israel. On this auspicious day, allow me to add my voice to those of many others from around the world who are paying tribute to Your Excellency. I am reminded of the concluding verse of the ninety-first psalm: “With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation” (v.16), and I pray that the Lord who has already blessed you with fourscore years and ten will continue to bless you and keep you, to make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you, to lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace (cf. Num 6:24-26).”
From right: Eli Amit, David Brodt, Eyal Deshe, Ester Levanon, Stanley Fischer and Yair Saroussi
Tel Aviv Stock Exchange Holds a Lackluster Event in London
A conference held on June 13, 2013 by the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange at its Bloomberg headquarters in central London, is another sign of the difficulties faced by Israel capital markets in recent years.
Ester Levanon, TASE’s CEO, contends that the decline in volumes is part of a worldwide trend. and the London conference was designed to expose Israeli corporations to foreign investors in London.
Stanley Fischer, the Governor of the Bank of Israel, who was drafted to lend TASE support said that the Israeli economy is in good condition, and that the banking system in the country is rather conservative and enjoy certain strengths.
The panel this year included mainly vice presidents of leading Israeli companies, including: Dori Segal of Gazit Globe, Eyal Deshé of Teva Pharmaceuticals, Eli Amit of ICL, Bank Leumi’s chairman, David Brodt, and Bank Hapoalim’s chairman, Yair Saroussi.
According to three of the leading foreign investors, who participated in the conference they seem to have expected a more aggressive panel and for a larger variety of investments in Israel, to have been offered at the event.
Those who did manage to captivate the audience were Bank Leumi chairman David Brodt and Bank Hapoalim chairman Yair Saroussi. The two made lively presentations to encourage foreign investors. Leumi Bank’s was better detailed.
In response to a question by JBN’s reporter, as to how he was impressed by the conference, Bank Hapoalim chairman Saroussi said with a smile, “I could not have asked for better intelligence.”
The B team
A-Lister Shari Arison Joins Richard Branson’s New “B-Team” Initiative for Sustainable Business
Shari Arison head of the Arison Group joined The B Team, a global non-profit organization founded by Sir Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz. Other members of the team include billionaire Ratan Tata, Paul Polman CEO of Unilever, Kathy Calvin CEO of the UN Foundation, Professor Muhammad Yunus Chairman of the Yunus Center, Arianna Huffington CEO of the Huffington Post, Mo Ibrahim Founder of Celtel.
The B Team revealed its starting line-up of business leaders in a live online broadcast to over one hundred gatherings in thirty cities around the world on June 13th, 2013 in London.
The group of leaders has been selected by a global network of advisors for its commitment to balance the long term benefits for our people and our planet, and will act as a catalyst to help deliver “Plan B”.
“Today we want to start a global conversation on a “Plan B” for business. We are keen to listen, learn and share with others to build businesses that do what’s right for people and the planet “said Sir Richard Branson’
“Business is integral to society, but it has also created most of the negative Environmental challenges of this century, “said co-founder Jochen Zeitz.