Israel–Marshall Islands relations
The Marshall Islands has established diplomatic relations with Israel since 1987, and has traditionally been a close voting ally of Israel at the United Nations, along with the USA, against what has often been a nearly-unanimous General Assembly. In July 1999, lauding the support of the Marshall Islands for supporting Israel in a UN vote, Congressman Benjamin Gilman of New York, Chair of the International Relations Committee of the US Congress described it saying: "Small nation... perhaps, but [its] courageous actions showed a sense of integrity greater than [its] size". On July 6, 2004, U.S. Representative William Lacy Clay, Jr. of Missouri said in the United States Congress that "The Marshall Islands has been ... a good friend to ... the State of Israel". Asked in 2004 why the Marshall Islands tend to support Israel in UN votes that are against Israel, Israel's Ambassador to the UN Dan Gillerman opined that they do it "because they believe is right — not because of their own interests."
Michael Ronen is the Israeli ambassador to thirteen Pacific Island nations, including the Marshall Islands. Ran Rahav serves as the Marshall Islands Honorary Consul in Israel.
In 2005, the Marshall Islands President, Kessai Hesa Note, visited Israel, asking for Israel's help in persuading the USA to acknowledge responsibility for the damaging long-term effects of nuclear weapons testing on the people of the Marshall Islands. Accompanying President Note as part of his entourage were Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Marshall Islands Gerald Zackios and Bikini Atoll Senator Tomaki Juda.
During the visit president Note thanked Israel for providing agricultural assistance and medical aid to the Marshall Islands and added, "We are proud to support the State of Israel as the vanguard of democracy in this region despite the constant acts of terrorism that have beset your great nation and people over the years".
Ned Curthoys and Debjani Ganguly, in their book about Edward Said, a Palestinian-American advocate for Palestinian rights, belittled the country's support for Israel, sarcastically describing it as "heavyweight... Marshall Islands". Press TV in Iran wrote in December 2011, in pointing to the fact that the Marshall Islands were one of the few supporters of Israel in two Egyptian-submitted UN resolutions: "One may face difficulty locating Marshall Islands ... on the map. [This country is a] member.. to the United Nations. [It has] no place in the international arena, but [its vote] count[s] in the General Assembly of the United Nations."
Trade and Aid
In 1987, Marshall Islands have purchased water desalination facility from the Israeli company IDE Technologies, used to supply Ebeye Island. The facility is a 1,100 tonnes (1,100 long tons; 1,200 short tons) per day MED (Multiple-effect distillation) plant, operated using the excess heat of the Ebeye power plant. In 1992, Marshall Islands has signed a letter of intent to purchase another desalination plant from Israel to supply Majuro with fresh water.
In June 2010, a team of Israeli ophthalmologists arrived in the Marshall Islands to perform cataract, oculoplastics and sight-restoring surgical operations. The mission was jointly organized by MASHAV and an Israeli NGO, Eye from Zion.
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