The Ministry of Foreign Affairs initiated a briefing for a group of foreign ambassadors serving in Israel, which provided details on the assistance that is being provided to the Palestinians in managing the Coronavirus.
The following individuals delivered presentations during the briefing: Deputy Director of the Economy Division at the Foreign Ministry, Yael Ravia-Zadok; Deputy Director of International Organizations, Alon Bar; Representative of COGAT, Colonel Sharon Bitton; United Nations Emissary, Nikolai Mladanov; United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator, Jamie McGoldrick; and Norwegian Ambassador to Israel, Jon Hansen Bauer, as a representative of the contributing countries.
Ravia-Zadok began the briefing, stating that Coronavirus does not distinguish between people, nor does it stop at borders. Israel and the Palestinian Authority have established close collaboration on this matter, aiming to minimize the spread of the virus. She noted the phone call between President Rivlin and president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas wherein the need for cooperation was agreed upon by both parties.
Israel is assisting the Palestinian Authority in the provision of equipment needed for managing the virus, as well as by providing training workshops and closely cooperating with the Palestinian Authority’s medical teams.
Israel is allowing equipment needed to manage Coronavirus to enter the Gaza Strip on a daily basis.
Ravia-Zadok called upon the world’s countries to support the United Nations’ 90-day program, and for international aid to be directed through the program’s established fund, in order that the Palestinian Authority and Gaza Strip be best assisted in equipping themselves to manage the virus in their territories.
She added that it is within the Palestinian Authority’s purview to manage the Coronavirus in both Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip, and that the Palestinians’ needs in this matter are greater than what the State of Israel is able to provide.
Mladanov and McGoldrick presented the United Nations’ humanitarian aid efforts and requested that the international community join the 90-day program.
We note that in recent days, the Israeli-Palestinian cooperation in managing Coronavirus was recognized in UN reports and by the Secretary General.
During the briefing, the foreign ambassadors and other participants expressed their appreciation of Israel’s efforts and of the collaboration, in recognition of the importance of jointly managing the Coronavirus challenge.
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