40 ambassadors to the United Nations visit Israel
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40 ambassadors to the United Nations visit Israel

Group on 5-day tour of Jewish state includes 15 delegates who accompanied Israel’s UN envoy Danny Danon on March of the Living

Israel Ambassador to UN Danny Danon adn 40 other UN ambassadors in Jerusalem on April 18, 2018. (Avi Dudi)
Israel Ambassador to UN Danny Danon adn 40 other UN ambassadors in Jerusalem on April 18, 2018. (Avi Dudi)

Forty ambassadors to the United Nations are currently visiting Israel.

The five-day visit this week, which includes Israel’s 70th Independence Day, was led by Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon.

Among the countries that the visiting ambassadors hail from are Serbia, Jamaica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Liberia, Ukraine, Uganda, Slovenia, Malta, Mozambique and Ethiopia. There are no ambassadors from Arab countries. Not all of the countries represented vote with Israel in the UN Security Council.

Fifteen ambassadors first joined Danon in Poland last week for the March of the Living, held on Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was the first time that UN ambassadors had joined in the March of the Living.

Israel Ambassador to UN Danny Danon addresses 40 other UN ambassadors in Jerusalem on April 18, 2018. (Avi Dudi)

The delegation viewed Jewish antiquities unearthed near the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem during a visit to the City of David National Park. It also traveled to southern Israel to visit Gaza-border communities. On Wednesday they were scheduled to visit the controversial West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, located just miles from Jerusalem. They have also visited the Western Wall, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Tel Aviv.

The visit was organized by the American Zionist Movement in cooperation with Danon.

The ambassadors also will meeting with the Israeli president, prime minister and opposition leader and other Israeli officials.

The delegation, which was planned over several months, is the largest of its kind to come to Israel so far. There were nine participants in 2016, and 14 in 2017.

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