Dalia Itzik Announces Int’l Public Diplomacy Blitz

Sunday, July 30, 2006 |  by Staff Writer  

Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik, decided, in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on a “Public Diplomacy Blitz” of Knesset members to different international capitals.

At first, 10 Knesset members will be launched to five capitals where Israel’s image is most problematic: London, Paris, Madrid, Stockholm, and Copenhagen.

The first pair who will go to London are Silvan Shalom and Benjamin Netanyahu. The second pair will be Colette Avital and Chaim Amsellem who will travel to Paris; MKs Gideon Saar and Shai Hermesh will go to Madrid.

Knesset members that will take part in this initiative will hold meetings with foreign parliamentarians, speakers of the respective parliaments, and government officials. In addition they will brief public opinion leaders and will conduct press conferences. Another assignment given to the MKs is to meet with the local Jewish community to garner their support for the war in Lebanon.

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