A Conversation with Ambassador Danny Danon

Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Danny Danon Addresses Members of Legal Community at Stroock’s Midtown New York Offices

On the morning of Monday, November 28th, Danny Danon, Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, addressed a rapt audience of members of the legal community gathered at the midtown New York offices of Stroock, Stroock & Lavan thanks to the collaborative efforts of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (IAJLJ) and the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (AAJLJ). Ambassador Danon began with a brief statement and then took questions from the audience. “We are capable of making a change, by showing the real face of Jerusalem and real face of Israel,” he said.

Ambassador Danon, who previously served as a member of the Knesset from the Likud Party, as Minister of Science, Technology and Space and as Deputy Minister of Defense, spoke about his election as chair of the UN’s Legal Committee in June 2016. He is the first Israeli to ever hold the position. In this position, Danon is utilizing every opportunity to “build bridges” and strengthen diplomatic ties between Israel and other members of the international community. During his speech, Ambassador Danon described his visit to Dubai as an example of such bridge building.

Attendees of the breakfast conversation asked the Ambassador about his intentions for strengthening diplomatic ties between Israel and other nations and about engaging in a very active positive public relations campaign on behalf of Israel that would help to win over the hearts of those who may vilify the nation without real understanding of the complex political situation in the Middle East.

Two of the guests in attendance had questions about the relationship between Israel and African nations, particularly Nigeria. Ambassador Danon said the situation has had its ups and downs, but he expressed resolve that he would continue to reach out to the African nations who share Israel’s commitment to confronting human rights violations. Another attendee brought up the oft-contentious situation of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA), which Ambassador Danon recognized as a major obstacle to peace.

Ambassador Danny Danon left a very favorably impressed audience with valuable insight into the future of diplomatic relations between Israel and the United States, and between Israel and its other allies.