Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bibi Goes For Jay. And O?

The official and corrected release:-

PM Netanyahu Decides to Officially Appeal to US President Obama for Jonathan Pollard's Release

(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today (Tuesday), 21.12.10, decided to accede to Jonathan Pollard's personal request and will, in the coming days, officially and publicly appeal to US President Barack Obama regarding Pollard's release.

The decision to accede to the request, which Prime Minister Netanyahu received in writing, in a letter brought by Esther Pollard, was made following a series of talks and contacts which the Prime Minister and his representatives have held on the issue in recent months with senior US administration officials.

It will be recalled that Prime Minister Netanyahu, during his previous term in office, recognized Jonathan Pollard – who had previously been granted Israeli citizenship in 1995, under the Rabin government – as an Israeli agent. Later, he personally visited with him in prison. He has raised the issue with US Presidents during both of his terms as Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said that, "I intend to continue acting with determination for Pollard's release, both because of the State of Israel's moral obligation to him and so that he might live with his family and restore himself to health after his prolonged incarceration."

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While we're at it:

Ministerial Committee on the National Heritage Plan Approves Renovation of 16 Additional Sites, at a Cost of NIS 91.1 Million
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

The Ministerial Committee on the National Heritage plan, chaired by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, held a festive meeting today (Tuesday), 21.12.10, at the Ben Tzvi Institute in Jerusalem and approved the renovation of an additional 16 projects and sites at a cost of NIS 91.1 million (NIS 47.1 million from the Government and NIS 44 million from external sources). The projects are among the 150 sites and initiatives included in the "Plan for Renovating and Strengthening National Heritage Sites and Assets", initiated by Prime Minister Netanyahu, in order to preserve the heritage of the Jewish People in its Land. The 16 initiatives approved today received the maximum scores according to criteria set by the Plan's Steering Committee. The Ministerial Committee also approved the strategic outline for implementing the Plan.

Included among the projects and sites slated for renovation and strengthening in the framework of the Plan are archaeological sites, structures and sites in need of preservation, museums, archives and memorials, as well as non-tangible infrastructures that cultivate the Hebrew language, literature, music, culture and the arts.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, who led the Plan in order to link the Jewish People and future generations to the national and Zionist heritage made the following remarks:

"The heritage project is one that we owe ourselves, our children and future generations. We are not here by chance. The story of the Jewish People in the Land of Israel, the story of Zionism, the story of our cultural and historical heritage, and our unique link to this Land, find expression in sites that were clear to me, and I am sure to my older friends as well, when we were children. To my regret, these same sites have become run-down and therefore, we have decided to renovate them and thus restore them to the center of our cultural awareness.

Included among these sites are ancient archaeological sites. I always tell the story about Tel Lachish, one of the few sites that I did not visit in my youth or in the IDF. When I finally visited it, I found it neglected and forlorn. One must understand that this is a site of world cultural importance. In the context of the projects that we will launch today, we will renovate Tel Lachish and other archaeological sites that have a global impact on the world's cultural heritage.

There are two other sites that touch on our unique heritage. The first is Independence Hall in Tel Aviv, where David Ben-Gurion declared the establishment of the State of Israel. The second is here at the Ben Tzvi Institute: The wooden cabin used by the second President of the State of Israel, Yitzhak Ben-Tzvi. I remember the cabin from my youth, I would pass by and occasionally see President Ben-Tzvi, walking here, as we played soccer in the park nearby. I later became aware of the treasures here, at the Ben-Tzvi Institute. They are on display and will continue to be. There is great importance in our linking up with the heritage of the Jewish People in its Land, with the Zionist movement that reestablished the Jewish People. We will do this through this plan of renovating heritage sites. I think that this Plan is unique and important in ensuring our future. Therefore, I commend the work that has been done. Let it continue. Let us continue the work."