Navajo Nation President Nez and First Lady meet with Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs during cultural exchange visit

Pictured: Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and First Lady Phefelia Nez with Director of the U.S. Consulates Department Itai Bardov, Deputy Director of the U.S. Consulates Department Revital Malca, and Gil Haskel who serves as the Deputy Director General for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Head of MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation in Jerusalem, Israel on February 6, 2020.(Photo: Navajo Nation - Office of the President and Vice President)

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Nez learning about strategies behind successful Israeli ventures that could help Navajo Nation

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Navajo Nation - Office of the President and Vice President

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and First Lady Phefelia Nez met with officials with the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, Israel on February 6, during a self-funded cultural exchange trip to learn more about the government of Israel’s vision and efforts toward economic, infrastructure, and agricultural development that may help the administration’s efforts to build a stronger Navajo Nation.

For the last several months, President Nez, First Lady Nez, and a small group of Navajo citizens worked together with faith-based organizations to fundraise and plan for the week-long trip.

Pictured: Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and First Lady Phefelia Nez with Jewish Agency’s Goodwill Ambassador Dvora Ganani-Elad in Jerusalem, Israel on February 6, 2020.
Pictured: Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and First Lady Phefelia Nez with Jewish Agency’s Goodwill Ambassador Dvora Ganani-Elad in Jerusalem, Israel on February 6, 2020.(Photo: Navajo Nation - Office of the President and Vice President)

Thursday’s meeting was held with Director of the U.S. Consulates Department Itai Bardov, Deputy Director of the U.S. Consulates Department Revital Malca, and Gil Haskel who serves as the Deputy Director General for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Head of MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation.

“The country of Israel had made substantial advances in technology that have helped in the development of their capital infrastructure, tourism industry, agricultural production, and their overall economy. This visit presents a great opportunity to learn more about their strategies that have made many of their ventures successful, and hopefully to help us apply those teachings to help the Navajo Nation expand tourism, develop energy, strengthen the economy, and increase agricultural production,” said President Nez.

During the meeting, President Nez stated that the Navajo Nation is the largest land base Indigenous nation in the United States with many untapped resources that can transform the Navajo Nation into an industry leader in many ways.

“I believe we have similar resources as Israel in terms of land, workforce, and the ingenuity of our people. I’ve said before that the Navajo Nation is a sleeping giant in terms of our economic potential. We need to improve our coordination and unify our efforts to move forward in building industries that create long-term benefits for our Navajo people,” added President Nez, who also noted that the land base of the Navajo Nation is over three times the size of Israel — at 27,000 square-miles and 8,000 square miles respectively.

First Lady Nez also met with the Jewish Agency’s Goodwill Ambassador Dvora Ganani-Elad, to discuss potential partnerships between the Office of the First Lady and Second Lady and the Jewish Agency’s non-profit sector to help address social welfare issues and to provide educational outreach on the Navajo Nation.

In regards to their faith, President Nez and the First Lady recognize that their faith has served as the foundation for their family and their service to the Navajo people. The visit to Israel is a great opportunity to strengthen their understanding and faith.

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Comments (10)
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dazegoneby
dazegoneby

Why do you want to align your Nation with a country that is committing genocide on the Palestinians. You have had enough of genocide!!

Joe The Eurosquatter
Joe The Eurosquatter

BREAKDOWN

Palestine = Turtle Island (homeland)
Palestinians = Indigenous people
"State of Israel" = "Canada", "the United States of America", "Estados Unidos de México", etc. (Euro-colonial oppressor governments)
West Bank, Gaza = reservations
Checkpoints = Indian agents, pass system
"Settlers" = "Settlers" (Euro-squatters as the tip of the "domestic policy" sword)
"Get over it, Palestinians. It's been 70 years." = "Get over it, Indians. It's been 500 years."

Joe The Eurosquatter
Joe The Eurosquatter

Talking about one's "land base" when one is occupied is wilful self-deception.

JoeStrummer
JoeStrummer

This is unbelievable. So can it now be said that the Navajo Nation supports the continued theft and murder of Palestinians? The ancestors must be crying with shame.

5thgen
5thgen

Different versions of viewer comments about same web page story? Okay, I get it. We are Euro-value Americans first, and the lesser distinctive Indigenous people with a lesser value opinions. I get it, treat the Palestinians same way as corporate owned media has treated Native Americans.

BrianYapko
BrianYapko

Some of the comments on this page are so discouragingly bigoted. Please, please consider the possibility that your attitudes towards Israel are unfair and one-sided and that you're bringing alot of angry feelings to the debate which are not actually based on the facts. Please see my rebuttal which concerns the close relationship which exists between Native Americans and Jews based on common histories of genocide, exile, blood libel and being confined to a small territory. Also consider that much of the information you base your prejudice on is 1) untrue and 2) intended to manipulate you into hating Jews. For example, I would guess you have no idea that that 900,000 Jews were exiled from most Arab/Muslim countries between 1920 and 1970 and had no place to go but Israel? I will guess you also did you know that more than of Israel's population is comprised of people of color? How many other facts about Israel do you not actually know? Please stop letting your prejudices prevent you from digging into the real facts.


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