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May 17, 2013 7:06 am

Ambassador Susan Rice, Honored by AJC, Calls Former Israeli Counterpart ‘Great Friend’

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Ambassador Susan Rice, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama, on Dec. 2, 2008. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

NEW YORK—U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, honored last week with the Distinguished Public Service Award of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), praised her former Israeli counterpart, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gabriela Shalev.

“Gabby was a great friend and partner and colleague,” Rice told JNS.org. “I miss her. We had a wonderful working relationship.”

Shalev served in the UN ambassador from 2008-10. The current Israeli ambassador to the UN—whose resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have historically called for Israel, and not the Palestinians, to take steps toward peace—is Ron Prosor.

“I am proud to represent Israel in the dysfunctional family of nations,” Prosor told the crowd of nearly 250 people at AJC’s Women’s Leadership Board luncheon, where Rice was honored. “Demonizing and delegitimizing the State of Israel and the Jewish people by lies and half-truths repeated and repeated has an effect. We have to stand up and counter it… This is the battlefield. They are going at us at our soft belly in an attempt to divide us as a Jewish family.”

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Rice told the crowd of nearly 250 people at AJC’s Women’s Leadership Board luncheon that AJC “has a distinguished history fighting for human rights, democracy, the Jewish people, and the state of Israel.”

“I commend AJC and its leadership for your thoughtful approach,” Rice said. “We all understand the UN’s flaws. But AJC has also understood the importance of the UN, and of working for change with persistence, patience, and principle. That’s not the easiest path, but it is the most constructive one, and I’m grateful.”

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