Extended Hands Across The World, Azerbaijan, Israel and USA

A bond that goes back 25 years

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There is a saying in the Jewish religion, and possibly with all other civilized societies, that is GRATITUDE-hakarat ha’vtov. It is a fundamental failure not to have gratitude.

In 1991, when Azerbaijan declared its independence, Israel was among the first countries to recognize the new sovereign state. Since then, the two countries have been growing together in almost parallel universes.

Both countries, Israel and Azerbaijan, are situated in difficult neighborhoods. It takes smart diplomacy and political maneuverability to stay on top and move forward.

Today, at the Sinai Temple, in Los Angeles, California, the two countries, the Jewish state and the Moslem state celebrated 25 years of the special relationship. All three anthems, the American, the Azerbaijani and the Israeli were sung in their original languages.

Both countries’ dogma is tolerance. But Azerbaijan, a Moslem country, is a model of tolerance where anti-Semitism, that so much prevails in most Moslem societies, is an unknown term.

Israel and Azerbaijan are proof that different cultures are not an obstacle to good relations; they are not divisive but uniting, they do not create enmity, rather much respect.

Let this ‘abnormal but open’ relationship between a Moslem country and a Jewish country become the exemplary norm for all other Moslem countries to follow.

To sum it up with the Hebrew words Mr. Nasimi Aghayev, Azerbaijan consul general used: Kol Hakavod, meaning, encouragement and praise.

Here is the story in photos:

The three countries' flags: USA hosting country, Israel and Azerbaijan.
The three countries’ flags: USA hosting country, Israel and Azerbaijan
L-Israel consul General Sam Grundwerg R-Azerbaijan consul general Nasimi Aghayev.
L-Israel consul General Sam Grundwerg R-Azerbaijan consul general Nasimi Aghayev
With R-Israel consul General Sam Grundwerg L-Azerbaijan consul general Nasimi Aghayev.
L-Azerbaijan consul general Nasimi Aghayev with Nurit Greenger, and R-Israel consul General Sam Grundwerg.
Sinai Temple youth choir.
Sinai Temple youth choir.
Sinai Temple boys youth choir & tar player.
Sinai Temple boys youth choir & tar player
The tar, an Azerbaijan string instrument.
The tar, an Azerbaijan string instrument

During the 2006 second Lebanon War, Nurit Greenger, referenced then as the “Accidental Reporter” felt compelled to become an activist. Being an ‘out-of-the-box thinker, Nurit is a passionately committed advocate for Jews, Israel, the United States, and the Free World in general. From Southern California, Nurit serves as a “one-woman Hasbarah army” for Israel who believes that if you stand for nothing, you will fall for anything.