FRANCE ISRAEL FOUNDATION
A BI-STATE FOUNDATION
The creation of the France-Israel Foundation, recognized as being of public utility, wanted and initiated by the President of the French Republic, Mr. Jacques CHIRAC, whose idea he shared in July 2005 with the Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Ariel SHARON, is both a melting pot and a catalyst for the strengthening and deepening of ties between the peoples of Israel and France in all segments of the respective civil societies.
The France-Israel Foundation associates with all its initiatives French and Israeli actors invested in strengthening the friendship between the two peoples: political leaders, community leaders, professionals, business leaders, researchers, artists, students
« An unique relation, where the humain dimension is essential, is lying Between France and Israel. In this regard, there is no need to mention the importance of the francophone presence in Israel as well as the presence of the Jewish community in France, which is the third largest in the world. But this relation henceforth needs to reach a new milestone. While the two states discuss regularly all the shared-interests issues, while the economic and cultural relations never cease from growing, yet, there is still missing, between the public opinion in the two countries and particularly the young generation, a mutual awareness and understanding, that indicates the quality and the richness of the links, built between the two countries more than fifty years.
Thus, it is a great pleasure for me to welcome the launch of the Foundation. With this Foundation in place, the actions of the governments will be extended toward the two societies, dissipating stereotypes and lack of understanding, which appear too often. The Foundation will accompany and amplify the already flourishing initiatives, in all the fields of the economic life, culture, academy and science in order to give body to the friendship between the two countries » .
Mr. Jacques Chirac, President of the French Republic, November 24th 2005.
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