Jerusalem Declaration: Bond Reinforced Between United States and Israel
The United States and Israel reaffirm the unbreakable bonds between our two countries and the enduring commitment of the United States to Israel’s security.
The leaders express appreciation to former Prime Minister Bennett. He led the most diverse government in Israel’s history. Under his leadership, this extraordinary partnership has continued to grow stronger.
The United States further reiterates that these commitments are bipartisan and sacrosanct. They are not only moral commitments, but also strategic commitments that are vitally important to the national security of the United States itself.
The United States’ Commitment
The US stresses that integral to this pledge is the commitment never to allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, and that it is prepared to use all elements of its national power to ensure that outcome.
The United States further affirms the commitment to work together with other partners to confront Iran’s aggression and destabilizing activities, whether advanced directly or through proxies and terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
The US and Israel note that nothing better reflects the steadfast and bipartisan support of the United States to Israel’s security than the unprecedented Memoranda of Understanding on security assistance signed by successive US administrations over the last few decades, and that these arrangements demonstrate in word and deed that the United States considers Israel’s security essential to US interests and an anchor of regional stability.
The United States strongly supports implementing the terms of the current historic $38 billion Memorandum of Understanding in full, which honors the United States’ enduring commitment to Israel’s security, as well as its conviction that a follow-on MOU should address emerging threats and new realities.
In addition, the United States is committed to seeking additional missile defense assistance in excess of MOU levels. This is especially in exceptional circumstances such as the hostilities with Hamas over eleven days in May 2021. Israel appreciates the US commitment to the MOU. It appreciates that they are providing an additional $1 billion over MOU levels in supplemental missile defense funding following the 2021 conflict.
Further, the countries express enthusiasm to move forward the US-Israel defense partnership through cooperation in cutting-edge defense technologies such as high energy laser weapons systems to defend the skies of Israel and in the future those of other US and Israel security partners.
Israel Says Thank You
Israel thanks the United States for its ongoing and extensive support for deepening and broadening the historic Abraham Accords.
The countries affirm that Israel’s peace and normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Morocco constitute a critical addition to Israel’s strategic peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan. These are important to the future of the Middle East region. They are also important to the cause of regional security, prosperity, and peace.
The countries note that the historic Negev Summit, initiated and hosted by Prime Minister Lapid, was a landmark event in joint US-Israeli efforts to build a new regional framework that is changing the face of the Middle East.
The United States and Israel welcome in this regard the meeting held in Manama, Bahrain on June 27th, forming the Negev Forum on regional cooperation.
The United States welcomes these developments and is committed to continue playing an active role. This includes President Biden’s upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia, where he will aid in building a robust regional architecture. He will aim to deepen the ties between Israel and all of its regional partners. Additionally, he will advance Israel’s regional integration over time. President Biden will expand the circle of peace to include ever more Arab and Muslim States.
An Important Meeting
The US and Israel also welcome the opportunity to participate in a quadrilateral (hybrid) meeting. With the leaders of India and the United Arab Emirates, in the context of the I2U2 initiative, they will bring together these four countries. They seek to advance cooperation in economy and strategic infrastructure. They demonstrate the importance of this new partnership, first launched by their Foreign Ministers in October 2021.
The United States and Israel reiterate their concerns regarding the ongoing attacks against Ukraine. They establish their commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. As well, they affirmed the importance of continued humanitarian assistance to the people of Ukraine.
The US and Israel affirm that they will continue to work together to combat all efforts to boycott or de-legitimize Israel. They will combat efforts to deny its right to self-defense, or to unfairly single it out in any forum. This includes at the United Nations or the International Criminal Court. While fully respecting the right to freedom of expression, they firmly reject the BDS campaign.
The two countries will use the tools at their disposal to fight every scourge and source of antisemitism. They will respond whenever legitimate criticism crosses over into bigotry and hatred. This includes attempts to undermine Israel’s rightful and legitimate place among the family of nations.
In this context, they express their deep concern over the global surge in antisemitism. They reassert their commitment to counter this ancient hatred in all of its manifestations. The United States is proud to stand with the Jewish and democratic State of Israel, and with its people. Their uncommon courage, resilience, and spirit of innovation are an inspiration to so many worldwide.
The United States and Israel commit to continuing to discuss the challenges and opportunities in Israeli-Palestinian relations. The countries condemn the deplorable series of terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens. This includes attacks especially in recent months. They affirm the need to confront radical forces, such as Hamas, seeking to inflame tension and instigate violence and terrorism.
President Biden reaffirms his longstanding and consistent support of a two-state solution. He is in favor of advancing toward a reality in which Israelis and Palestinians alike can enjoy equal measures of security, freedom, and prosperity.
The United States stands ready to work with Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and regional stakeholders toward that goal. The leaders also affirm their shared commitment to initiatives that strengthen the Palestinian economy and improve the quality of life of Palestinians.
The United States and Israel enjoy extensive bilateral cooperation and dialogue between their two countries. This is evident in many critical spheres. One is groundbreaking collaboration in science and technology. Another is unique intelligence sharing and joint military exercises. Yet another is shared efforts in confronting pressing global challenges such as climate change, food security, and healthcare.
Bringing Technology into the Equation
The leaders launched a new US-Israel Strategic High-Level Dialogue on Technology. This will form a US-Israel technological partnership in critical and emerging technologies. This will complement the extensive existing scientific and technological cooperation between their two countries. It will bring their cooperation to a new height, as well. It will also aid in areas of global concern, including pandemic preparedness, climate change, artificial intelligence, and trusted technology. This new technological partnership will be designed to boost the countries’ mutual innovation ecosystems. It will also address geostrategic challenges.
In this same spirit, the United States and Israel affirm their commitment to continue their shared and accelerated efforts. They will enable Israeli passport holders to be included in the US Visa Waiver Program as soon as possible. They will also show their support for increased collaboration on operational cyber exchange and on combatting cybercrime.
The leaders state that all of these initiatives, and countless other joint endeavors, undertaken between their peoples at every level of government and civil society demonstrate that the US-Israel strategic partnership is indispensable. It makes an outsized contribution to the good of American and Israeli citizens. Additionally, it is for the good of the Middle East and of the world.
With this record of remarkable achievement and with a sense of the incredible promise that the unparalleled US-Israel relationship holds for the future, the United States and Israel warmly welcome entering the 75th year of this extraordinary partnership.
Signed at Jerusalem on the 14th day of the July, 2022, which corresponds to the 15th day of Tamuz, 5782, in the Hebrew calendar, in duplicate in the English language.
Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America
Yair Lapid, Prime Minister of the State of Israel
All the Jewish Nominees at this Year’s Emmy Awards
‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ tapped for best comedy while Andrew Garfield, Jon Stewart and Seth Rogen also garner nod.
Jewish TV shows and performers are on the list of 2022 Emmy nominations announced Tuesday. Actors including Seth Rogen, Julia Garner, Andrew Garfield and Henry Winkler made the cut.
It was a particularly good year for Jews in comedy, as several of this year’s nominated comedies have Jewish connections.
So, want to learn more? Read the full article here.
2021 INTERNATIONAL EMMY® WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT GALA IN NEW YORK
2021 INTERNATIONAL EMMY® WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT GALA IN NEW YORK
Gala welcoming the JCSI International Young Creatives Award Winner for 2021, ‘Anthills’
NEW YORK, November 22, 2021 – The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 49th International Emmy® Awards tonight. Of course, the Black-Tie Gala event had 1,000 television professional attendees from around the world. Additionally, it was hosted by Yvonne Orji and; Vanessa Williams, Method Man & Dirk Nowitzki Among Presenters at the Great Hall of Casa Cipriani in Manhattan.
(L-R) Yaron Shalom, Avi Balashnikov, Sandra Vazquez, Yintao Gong, Michal Grayevsky, Sarath Chandra and Shay Grayevsky attend a Gala welcoming the JCSI International Young Creatives Award Winner for 2021, ‘Anthills’.
Jcsi President and CEO Michal Grayevsky with the winners of Jcsi 2021 Young creative awards.
Anthills – Sandra Vazquez, Mexico
Have you ever wondered how big cities, projects,
associations, and even ant hills were made? It did
not require just one individual, but a group that could
contribute something meaningful to them. So, let’s make
the change together!
Domestic Peace – Sarath Chandra, India
Change begins at home. The next generations are
watching. So, show them Peace.
I Am – Yintao Gong, PR China
A stop motion short that responds to the racism against the Asian community. Therefore, women and men need to work together and learn how to make a difference, how to make a change.
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2021 JCSI YOUNG CREATIVES AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
2021 JCSI YOUNG CREATIVES AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
JCS International, a Ronald S. Lauder Company, has announced the recipients of the 2021 JCSI Young Creatives Awards. The topic for this year’s submission was: “Stand Up for Peace – Women & Men United for Change.”
The JCS International Young Creatives Award was established to support and develop young talent across the globe. Founded by businessman philanthropist and leader Ronald S. Lauder, its purpose is to focus on continuing a conversation around peace. Lauder is a former US ambassador to Austria who has dedicated his life to fighting for peace. Of course, this includes peace among people, religions, and countries in the Middle East. In fact, Lauder was the recipient of the Directorate Award at the 34th International Emmys in 2006.
Additionally, JCSI, a NYC-based organization, engages in a wide range of activities and services. For example, these include advocacy, policy research, strategic communications, and content creation.
Words from Mr. Lauder:
“As the world continues to grapple with the turmoil of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, we view this year’s JCS International Young Creatives Awards theme as especially compelling, relevant, and close to our hearts,” says Lauder. Consequently, he added, “It is JCSI’s honor to host the extraordinary short films and award the talented recipients for their contribution to the exceptional acts of unity that create meaningful change for people in their everyday lives. Hence, “This year’s winners represent three excellent examples of this worthy theme.”
Therefore, the 2021 recipients are:
Sandra Vazquez, Mexico
Have you ever wondered how big cities, projects, associations, and even ant hills were made? It did not require just one individual, but a group that could contribute something meaningful to them. So, let’s make the change together!
Sarath Chandra, India
Of course, change begins at home. The next generations are watching. So, show them Peace.
Yintao Gong, PR China
A stop motion short that responds to the racism against the Asian community.
Harassment is not a compliment. Therefore, women and men need to work together and learn how to make a difference, how to make a change.
The 2021 recipients were selected by a blue-ribbon panel of international jurors comprised of: Michal Grayevsky, president of JCS International, Antonio Tabet, International Emmy® Winner for Comedy, Actor/Producer & Showrunner, Brazil; Jasper Van Hecke, SVP, Acquisitions & Production, Universal Pictures International, UK; Thuso Mbedu, International Emmy® Nominee for Best Performance by an Actress, Actress, South Africa; Cecilia Mendonca, Head of Content Development, Kids, Young Adults and Family, LATAM, The Walt Disney Company, Argentina; Robert Caplin, Photographer, USA; Coralie Charriol , Co-Founder of Non-Profit Organization React to Film, USA and Victor Herrera da Silva, CEO, Nuestra Vision Networks, USA.
JCSI Young Creatives Award Winners Announced
JCS International has announced the three winners of the 2020 JCSI Young Creatives Award.
The winning short films, selected from twenty three finalists responding to this year’s theme:
“Stand Up for Peace –Everyday Heroes in These Troubled Times.” The winners are:
- Dear Peace (South Africa)
- Devil’s Ivy (P.R. China)
- Their Mornings (Argentina)
The JCS International Young Creatives Award fosters young talent from across the globe while stimulating a conversation around peace. Moreover, it was founded by businessman philanthropist, leader Ronald S. Lauder. Additionally, Lauder is a former US ambassador to Austria, and also currently involved in the peace process in the middle east.
In addition, the NYC-based JCS International organization is engaged in a wide range of activities and services, including advocacy, policy research, strategic communications, and content creation.
“In the shadow of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, we view this year’s JCS International Young Creatives Awards theme, especially relevant and close to our hearts,” said Lauder, himself a recipient of the Directorate Award at the 34th International Emmys in 2006. “It is JCSI’s honor to host the wonderful short films, and award such talented individuals as a tribute to the exceptional acts of heroism we are witnessing by everyday people in the midst of these unprecedented and defining times. Of course, this year’s winners represent three excellent examples of this worthy theme.”
“By implementing the Golden Rule, through education and creativity, we can all save lives and defeat this pandemic,” said Michal Grayevsky, President and CEO of JCSI, as well as the award creator. ” Undoubtedly, JCSI is fostering young creators to be ambassadors for peace, and is advancing the idea of becoming each other’s everyday heroes.”
Subsequently, the 2020 winners were selected by a blue-ribbon panel of international jurors comprised of: President of JCS International Michal Grayevsky, Emmy winner, actor/producer Yossi Vasa; EVP & General Manager, The Africa Channel, Emmy winning Actress Marina Gera, Head of General Entertainment Production, Disney Latin America Mariana Perez, Emmy Winner, Activist & Dancer Ahmad Joudeh, Director RAI Kids Channel Luca Milano, and Senior Director Business Affairs Fujisankei Communications Michael Schelp.
Information about the winners, and film summaries:
- By: Raphadu Maphoto
- Country: South Africa
- Summary: The narrative revolves around a young boy who reflects on what peace means to him. The project is centered around the importance of teaching the younger generations about peace. Additionally, it shows how it positively impacts society as a whole. The youth plays a pivotal role in shaping the world that we live in. Therefore, in these troubled times, the value of peace increases as it is a commodity.
- By: Wa Liu
- Country: P.R. China
- Summary: Devil’s Ivy is a short film. It is based on the challenges and opportunities for peacemaking in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the invisible coronavirus speeds across the globe, it reveals issues embedded in our society long before the contagion. However, quarantine has also made us cherish the warmth of family bonds and mutual cooperation across nations. After all, resilience and compassion are the foundation of our humanity.
- By: Mateo Auad
- Country: Argentina
- Summary: This short film is a loving tribute dedicated to those people who courageously face the global pandemic and try to heal this world. This includes fighting from the front line or supporting those brave, almost anonymous, heroes.
To view the winning videos, click on the link below:
A Rosh Hashanah Letter From JCSI
Dear friends and colleagues,
As we prepare to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, we wanted to take a moment to share our heartfelt hopes and wishes for the year ahead, while acknowledging our gratitude for having the privilege to celebrate in good health.
This past year has brought more than its fair share of turmoil and uncertainties. But, these challenges also revealed the best in so many of us. People came together, sometimes at great personal risk, to help others in need. And, of course, we ended the year on a high note, with a historic peace accord between Israel, The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. May all of humanity go from strengths to strengths.
Although we are unable to congregate for Rosh Hashanah this weekend,we nonetheless look forward to the coming days, weeks, and months with excitement, fueled by the hope that the pain of 5780 will be replaced by health, prosperity, and positivity in 5781.
Wishing peace upon you, and upon all your loved ones.
Shana Tova U’Metukah!
Former Young Creatives Award Winners Reminder: Submissions Are Now Open For 2020 Awards
JCSI, a Ronald S. Lauder company, has teamed up with the winners from the 2019 Young Creatives Awards. Subsequently, this will encourage people to submit videos for this year’s competition. Of course, this year’s theme is “Stand Up for Peace – Everyday Heroes in These Troubled Times” and international creatives ages 18-29 are encouraged to submit a one-minute film for submission. Additionally, anyone interested in submitting an entry can get more information here. In addition, you can view the three informational videos below!
Artes Ferruni – Albania
Funke Alafiatayo – United Kingdom
Breech Asher Harani – Philippines
Call for JCSI Video Entries For The Young Creatives Award!
The International Emmy’s and JCSI, a Ronald S. Lauder company, are proud to announce the opening of this year’s Young Creatives Award! Calling on all international creatives ages 18-29 to enter. Submit your 1 minute video on the theme “ Stand Up for Peace – Everyday Heroes in These Troubled Times.” Click here to enter now!
JCSI Young Creatives Award Winners Announced
JCSI Young Creatives Award Winners Announced
NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — JCS International has announced the three winners of the 2019 JCSI Young Creatives Award. Accordingly, the winning short films were selected from 26 finalists responding to this year’s theme “Stand Up for Peace,” are Next To Me (Philippines), It Starts Within (Albania) and P.E.A.C.E. – A Spoken Word (United Kingdom).
The JCS International Young Creatives Award fosters young talent across the globe while sparking a conversation around peace. JCS International was founded by the business and philanthropic leader Ronald S. Lauder. To add, the New York City-based organization engages in a wide range of activities and services. For example, this includes advocacy, policy research, strategic communications and content creation.
Consequently, “We view the JCS International Young Creatives Award as an especially powerful way to promote peace through art,” says Lauder, himself a recipient of the Directorate Award at the 34th International Emmys in 2006. Of course,”This year’s winners represent three excellent examples of that vision.”
Of course, the 2019 winners were selected by a blue-ribbon panel of international jurors comprised of Michal Grayevsky, chairman of the jury, president of JCS International and founder of Young Creative Awards; Amanda Nguyen, founder and CEO, Rise; Fred Graver, consultant; Anne Bahr Thompson, managing director of philanthropy, Synergos; Lisa Azuelos, film producer and director; Devin Woods, program manager, Big Bad Boo; Alvaro Pereira, television journalist, and Oliver Mahrdt, film and festival producer.
Subsequently, the three winners fly to New York to receive their award on Saturday, November 23, at the International Emmy World Television Festival. In conclusion, the International Emmy Awards Gala will occur on Monday, November 25th.
Information about the winners:
Next To Me
- By: Breech Asher Harani
- Country: Philippines
- Summary: After the Battle of Marawi in the Philippines in 2017, many Muslims migrated from Marawi to Mindanao. Uprooted children were forced to transfer schools, where they were bullied and discriminated against, especially in non-Muslim communities.
It Starts Within
- By: Artes Ferruni
- Country: Albania
- Summary: With all the world’s problems, it can sometimes feel overwhelming to make a stand for peace. Where does one even start? This film explores a simple yet crucial answer to that question. So, peace comes from within—and only from there can broader peace emerge.
P.E.A.C.E. – A Spoken Word
- By: Funke Alafiatayo
- Country: United Kingdom
- Summary: Written and performed by Funke Alafiatayo, this spoken word film challenges the audience to think what it would be like if each of us took one minute to stand up for peace.
All images courtesy of Noa Grayevsky