Delegation of UN Ambassadors from Around the World Visit Israel
On December 14, 2021, at the invitation of Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan and the American Zionist Movement, a delegation of 12 Ambassadors to the UN and their spouses arrived in Israel. The delegation includes ambassadors from Albania (who will begin serving on the UN Security Council in January), Argentina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ecuador, Hungary, Nauru, Palau, South Korea, Samoa, Uruguay and Zambia, representing a variety of countries from the different regional groups within the UN.
The delegation stayed in Israel for a full week. The ambassadors toured historical sites including the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and Yad Vashem, high-tech, innovation and development centers, and more. They visited the Northern and Southern Commands, received security briefings from IDF officials, toured a Hezbollah terror tunnel, visited an Iron Dome battery, and visited the Nevatim Airbase and received a briefing on the F-35 aircraft. The delegation was also scheduled to meet with the President, Prime Minister, and Foreign Minister.
Ambassador Erdan said, “The delegation of ambassadors is of great importance. It is an opportunity to present to them the truth about the State of Israel. At the UN, many lies are spread against Israel and after a week of comprehensive visits, I am convinced that the ambassadors will return to their countries and the UN with a deep understanding of the challenges facing the State of Israel and our contributions and solutions to global problems. From my experience in bringing ambassadors to Israel, I am sure that the visit will increase their activity within their foreign ministries to grow collaboration with Israel within the UN.”
Deborah Isaac, President of the American Zionist Movement, said, “The American Zionist Movement is pleased to sponsor this diplomatic visit in partnership with Ambassador Gilad Erdan and thanks the Israeli Government for welcoming the delegation. We hope that the ambassadors come away from the experience with a deeper and more realistic perspective of Israel and the threats it faces, as well as an appreciation for the rich and diverse culture of the State of Israel. AZM looks forward to forging new and lasting friendships with the members of the delegation and their countries.”
All participants on the delegation have received a COVID-19 booster shot and have been approved by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to enter Israel. There are strict COVID-19 protocols in place and the ambassadors entered isolation immediately upon arrival in Israel.