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Published On: Fri, Dec 14th, 2012

Israel and Navajo Nation looking to Partner

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The Navajo President also discussed opportunities with Professor Faraggi, they spoke on the need for educational advancement for Navajo students in foreign exchange opportunities.

JERUSALEM — Navajo President Ben Shelly sets the tone in his first Foreign Trip as President to one of the largest Native American Nations in the U.S. Mr. Shelly met with Ayoob Kara, who serves as Israeli Deputy Minister of the Development for the Negev and Galil.

The two men spoke on Thursday about how the two governments can work together on agricultural development and future opportunities for the Navajo Nation to advance on Israel’s technology in agro-business, said Erny Zah President Shelly Communication Director in a press release.

“I want to work with your people—I know that Israel is self-sufficient, what we need is your expertise, what can we share,” said President Shelly at the Israeli Knesset this afternoon.  “What I read of you—you were no different than we are,” he said, “how did you survive while moving forward in technology, greenhouses—I am interested in that and becoming partners.”

The president and First Lady Martha Shelly were welcomed at the Knesset by the deputy minister.  “It’s an honor to meet your people,” said the Israeli deputy minister as he received the president and first lady.  “I can bring with me professional people from companies, said Ayoob.  “Galilee is different from the south.  We have desert lands where we found a solution for everything—how to grow wheat from a new technology with little use of water.”

The Partnership

Shelly also attended a meeting with Josh Reinstein, the director for the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus, who committed the political resources of the Knesset caucus to working with the Navajo Nation in securing agriculture, technology, and infrastructure.  “We have developed a way to do three to four yields a year,” said Reinstein, “with our farming.  Avocados we grow them bigger and we have four cycles with drip irrigation,” he said describing the yield of Israel’s year around farming.

Shelly toured northern Israel yesterday while traveling to Haifa to meet with Professor David Faraggi, Rector for Haifa University. On their way they were able to see the massive farming fields of grapes, avocados, bananas, citrus fruit, peppers, vegetables, and orchards of pears and apples, all covered by large nets for protection from birds.  The water supply is fed through drip irrigation with injection of microscopic fertilizers as farms produce crops year around.

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The Navajo President also discussed opportunities with Professor Faraggi, they spoke on the need for educational advancement for Navajo students in foreign exchange opportunities.  Erny Zah said, the pathway would include opportunities for foreign students to experience Navajo Culture at the Diné College in Tsaile, these opportunities would also include faculty.

Haifa University has an enrollment of 18,000 students, with 800 of them from foreign countries.  The university is one of seven research universities in Israel. “That exchange can be developed,” said the president at Haifa University.  “The super highway can be built.  Every nationality can bring their culture so we can all understand who we are—to live together as family, to have a little more peace in the world.”

Honoring the families of survivors of the Holocaust of World War II, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and First Lady Martha Shelly laid a wreath at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem this morning as they toured the memorial with Pastor Robert Tso, wife Rose, and Navajo businessman Myron Lizer.

The president and first lady will visit farm lands in the Negev, the harsh desert area of Israel where farming communities known as Moshav’s are investing technology and development into green houses with minimal water supply in producing agriculture year around.

The visit will include visits to three locations and a lunch meeting with the mayor of Beersheba, Israel, an agricultural town in southern Israel. Shelly is expected to return to the Navajo Nation this weekend.

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  1. this is truly disgusting. what about palestine?

  2. Kaige Kj says:

    Soon we will have interracial marriages … Navajo/Israeli lol

  3. The prez already has a “communication director,” try doing journalism and not press releases

  4. Kaige Kj says:

    Lets give our President the benefit of the doubt. (y) its about time, lets see whats been mustered.

  5. I think its nice, work together on agricultural development and future opportunities. Try to give him the benefit of the doubt.

  6. while he sells off our water rights?

  7. Navajo Post says:

    @Andrew, thank you for your kind thoughts. Enjoy your day.

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Israel and Navajo Nation looking to Partner