Anchor: Apropos the forces of nature, we welcome the honorary consul of the Marshall Islands, Mr. Rani Rahav, good morning.
Ran Rahav: Good morning and Shabbat shalom to the listeners.
Anchor: what I wanted to ask you Rani, is whether, when the Marshall Islands disappear completely, now that we've read that they are about to sink into the sea, your appointment as honorary consul will remain in force. This is our question.
Ran Rahav: is that what matters right now?
Anchor: well… Personally…
Ran Rahav: I hope the Islands will not sink. Look, a similar phenomenon took place on the other side of the globes, in the Maldives, where the islands have been at risk of sinking for many years. We hope these islands do not sink after all so that this country continues to exist. This is a country that supports Israel automatically and votes with us in the United Nations , always…
Anchor: tell us a little about this country.
Ran Rahav: the agreement with the USA says it will help our islands state, as you know Marshall Islands consist of 1,150 small islands with most of the inhabitants living in the capital, Majuro. They have 70,000 people and their vote in the UN equals that of China. for this reason, I hope it would take a good few more years before we see what really happens. I hope that Marshall Islands' call to the member states un the conference in Paris will lead to other countries helping Marshall Islands to avoid this sinking. The fact that the foreign minister of Marshall Islands received an opportunity to seal in Paris is a great opportunity in itself, because this is a small country but the world has strong respect for it nonetheless. I also think its historical relationship with the USA would help the Marshall Islands. One of the most important US abases is located in Marshall Islands and the USA is committed, because of the nuclear experiments carried out on the soil of this country tens of years ago, to agreeme nts that ensure the security of the islands country.
Anchor: you did you find them or how did they find you?
Ran Rahav: it was many years ago that the foreign ministries in Jerusalem and in Majuro asked businessman Mr. Shalevi to serve as honorary consul of Marshall Islands in Israel. Charles Dominique is Israel's consul in Marshall Islands. He is doing wonderful work and I want to commend him for that. He makes Israel popular and loved in the Marshall Islands, indeed wonderful work for Israel. it's thanks to him that Israel is the most loved country there and we're trying to do the same here: make the citizens of Israel grateful to such a small country which although it has only 70 thousand people, its vote is equivalent to that of China and it is always in favor of Israel. the people of Marshall Islands have the highest respect to our country and to our way. Israel was the first to recognize Marshall Islands when it became independent from the USA many years ago. Since then, the relationship has been indeed very close. As you know, in this age, there aren’t many countries that walk with us, hand in hand, it has become extremely rare. After the united States, the Marshall Islands walks with us, hand in hand for many years.
Anchor: this country also helped us have the pleasure of talking with you this morning. We will not continue with our daily routine.
Ran Rahav: I hope this pleasure continues for you.
Anchor: thank you, Rani.
Ran Rahav: I wish a nice day to all the listeners and while it's late at night at Marshall Islands, I really hope this issue gets resolved. They are very good people living there, not bad people. I truly hope the world will do something to help them.
Anchor: Ran Rahav, among others honorary consul of Marshall Islands in Israel, thank you very much.
Ran Rahav: Thank you.