Dave Sharma speaks at NSTE AGM

June 1, 2018 by Leanne Shelton
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Dave Sharma, director and Principal at Kelly+Partners and former Australian Ambassador to Israel was the guest speaker at Sydney’s North Shore Temple Emanuel recently held its 58th Annual General Meeting.

Dave Sharma served as Australia’s Ambassador to Israel from 2013 to 2017. This period coincided with some of the busiest and most productive years for the Australia-Israel relationship, with trade, investment and innovation ties strengthened significantly. Dave’s leadership kept the Embassy secure and operational during several periods of significant security unrest and tension, including the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict.

Dave Sharma

At the AGM, Dave Sharma delighted members with stories of his personal experiences of arriving in Israel with his young family including a newborn of just five weeks old and how his family quickly adapted to Israeli life. He also shared his opinions, and insights regarding the current state of play in the Middle East and recent events on the border with Gaza.

Mr Sharma observed that the symbiotic relationship between Israel and the diaspora was like no other that he had observed and impressed upon the audience the importance of being vocal supporters of Israel.

The members gathered were listening so intently that Mr Sharma jokingly concluded that he was a little unnerved as in Israel he had never presented to an audience that were so quiet and attentive.

The NSTE AGM also saw the emotional farewell of outgoing President Mark Ginsburg and the election of Gwen Harrison to the role.  Gwen later observed, “It is my honour to be the new President of North Shore Temple Emanuel. I feel privileged to follow in the footsteps of so many remarkable people and continue this great work.”

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2 Responses to “Dave Sharma speaks at NSTE AGM”
  1. Leon Poddebsky says:

    Did Mr Sharma acknowledge that the Arab “Palestinians” do not want a so-called “two-state solution,” but that they want Israel’s dissolution?
    Or did he follow the “New Israel Fund’s” disingenuous line?

    • Mark Ginsburg says:

      Mr Sharma spoke of a number of the complexities in the current situation and came across as very knowledgeable and sympathetic to the challenges and dangers that Israel faces. He made no mention of the New Israel Fund.

      I suggest that you google his recent Op-Ed in the Sydney Morning Herald for some insight into his views.

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