Former Israeli ambassador’s whistle-stop tour of Melbourne

May 18, 2010 Agencies
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Former Ambassador Yoram Ettinger had little spare time on his speaking tour to Melbourne as the guest of the Zionist Council of Victoria last week.

Yoram Ettinger

During his short stay here, he undertook 10 formal speaking engagements with a range of audiences from within and beyond the Jewish community. He was also interviewed by media, both by newspaper journalists and on TV on ABC’s News breakfast program.

Ettinger’s scope of discussion topics is broad and he addressed issues as diverse as Israel’s High Tech industry and the Israeli economy, the Israel/ US relationship and the issues of demographics in Israel and the Palestinian territories. He was the keynote speaker at the Yom Yerushalayim Oration on Wednesday 12 May, speaking on “Jerusalem, Washington and the Obama Factor”. His in depth knowledge of the history of the relationship, and his incisive analysis of the situation were impressive and the intense question and answer session which followed his presentation demonstrated how successfully he had engaged the audience.

Ambassador Ettinger’s Melbourne program summary appears below:

12 May  – VIP luncheon – “The Palestinian Demographic Threat – Myth vs Reality”

12 May – ZCV Yom Yerushalayim Oration – “Jerusalem, Washington and the Obama Factor”

13 May – Mt Scopus Memorial College – presentation to senior students

13 May – Politicians Luncheon  – “Israel’s High Tech Industry and Investment”

14 May – TV interview – ABC News Breakfast

14 May – ZCV Israel Advocacy workshop

14 May – Leibler Yavneh College – senior students (2 groups)

14 May – Presentation at Caulfield Hebrew Congregation pre Kabbalat Shabbat service

15 May – presentation at Yom Yerushalayim Kiddush – Mizrachi

15 May – presentation at Mizrachi Seudah Shlishit

Ettinger’s presentation on demography has been added to the ZCV website, and we encourage community members to read it and add their comments to the site.

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