Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman stated today (Thursday, December 16 2010) that the announcement by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) regarding the initiation of the process enabling Israel to join the organization marks the successful end of a strenuous two-year diplomatic effort spearheaded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. MFA officials visited the capitals of member countries, were active at CERN headquarters in Geneva and presented Israel’s scientific achievements.
FM Liberman stated further that the announcement today is based on international recognition of these achievements, and places Israel in its rightful position, at the forefront of international scientific endeavor. CERN is the OECD of international science, and we thank the members and management of the organization for the trust they place in the State of Israel in general and in Israeli science in particular.
Source: Israel Ministry of Foreign
Manchester City have won the race to sign the 19-year-old Israel midfielder Gai Assulin.
Assulin, who was available on a free transfer after leaving Barcelona in July, had been chased by several clubs but City moved first to secure him on a two and a half-year deal.
He said: “I had heard a lot about City and as soon as I saw the club I wanted to stay. I’m at a great club and I hope to be here a long time. I have to take my opportunity and learn every day in training.”
Assulin, who became the youngest player to be capped by Israel two weeks before his 17th birthday, revealed the former Barça player Yaya Touré had played a part in his decision to move to Eastlands.
“I speak with Yaya every day – and I hope to be playing alongside him. I hope to show I can play at this level.”